Hurricane Michael 2018 full coverage and updates

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But emergency authorities lamented that many people ignored the warnings.

"For North Carolina, Michael isn't as bad as Florence, but it adds unwelcome insult to injury, so we must be on alert", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Michael, so powerful that it remained a hurricane for 12 hours after making landfall in Mexico Beach, thrashed the Carolinas and Virginia and was growing stronger again over the Atlantic, where the National Hurricane Center predicted it would eventually menace Britain with tropical-storm force winds.

Coastal residents rushed to board up their homes and stock up on bottled water and other supplies.

In his letter posted on the base's website, Laidlaw says crews need to clear trees from roads, fix power lines and "assess the structural integrity of our buildings" before anyone returns. County officials say they're not releasing names or other details yet while families are notified.

The storm is expected to bring four to seven inches of rain in north-central North Carolina and southeast Virginia, and tornadoes are still possible in these areas.

Pecan, cotton, and peanut harvests were at risk as the unsafe storm plowed its way through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas. The state medical examiner's office has ruled Clark's death among five storm-related fatalities in the state. 7 people have died as a result of the storm across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Speaking on national morning show Fox and Friends, Scott said that "I think what people didn't realize was that it could get worse... During this hurricane season we turn to you, O loving Father", it says. "Can't tell the difference between what I've picked and what I haven't".

Drawing energy from warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm strengthened rapidly into a potentially devastating Category 3 during the day and just kept getting stronger in the hours ahead of an expected Wednesday landfall.

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Sarah had just started the sixth grade and joined the drama club and the band.

The campground had been full just before Michael blew in and covered it in 2 feet (61 cm) of debris and seaweed, McMillan said.

An 11-year-old girl, Sarah Radney, was killed on Wednesday when a carport was torn away and was sent hurtling into a modular home in Seminole County, Georgia.

Aluminium siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees.

A driver in North Carolina also was killed when a tree fell on his auto.

Hundreds of people have been rescued from the debris, and authorities fear the toll could climb higher as search-and-rescue efforts continue.

A few days ago, they were living in their dream home at Shell Point Beach.

"You hope that somehow at the last minute a bunch of people got up and left or went somewhere else", Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN.

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In one community, Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged. Despite the destruction, the Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday. But "we have to make sure things are safe". "So many lives have been changed forever".

"We have thousands of people lined up".

In the largely destroyed oceanside town of Mexico Beach, Councilwoman Linda Albrecht learned her home was gone through online news video.

Bay County officials said 56 people chose to stay in their homes in Mexico Beach.

"I've watched on television, thinking of what others have experienced, like in the Carolinas and Texas", Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told reporters.

Hurricane Michael retained hurricane-force winds up to 200 miles inland as it tore through Georgia before dumping heavy, windy rains onto North and SC and part of southern Virginia before heading back out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows.

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