In the U.S. the storm, "Michael" took the lives of 11 people

S The people affected by Hurricane Michael

S The people affected by Hurricane Michael

Beyond lives and homes, the storm seized community hubs, like two oak trees long used as a place to gather and talk in Greensboro, a small town in Gadsden County, Florida.

Officials in Florida say rescue workers are still to search the worst-affected areas in the coastal community of Mexico Beach, which was "flattened" by the storm. "Rescuers have so far been unable to conduct thorough searches there".

On Friday, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management reported five hurricane-related fatalities.

Zahralban said searchers using a trained dog were trying to determine if that person had been alone or was part of a family.

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Marchetti said his volunteer search teams, consisting mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters, also had rescued or accounted for 345 others previously reported to CrowdSource Rescue since Michael struck on Wednesday.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson went to Panama City, up the coast from Mexico Beach, and was stunned by what he saw.

Michael leaves trail of devastation in US MEXICO BEACH Search and rescue teams faced a second day of sifting through the ruined landscape left by Hurricane Michael on Friday as the death toll rose to 11.

On Oct. 10, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Panama City, Florida, as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the mainland United States.

The US Army said more than 2,000 Florida National Guard soldiers were working on the recovery operations.

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It killed at least four people in Florida, five in Virginia, three in North Carolina and two in Georgia, officials said.

Dozens of structures in Mexico Beach - homes, shops and restaurants - were lifted off their foundations by storm surge and 155-mile per hour (250 kph) winds and moved hundreds of feet inland or smashed to bits.

"It's OK if you want to live on the coast or on top of a mountain that sees wildfires or whatever, but you have to build to a higher standard", he said.

"We were going to establish a mortuary location".

By Friday morning the remnants of the storm were located about 275 miles (445 km) southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles (100 km) per hour.

The storm's rage spread across six states, and well more than a million homes and businesses were without electricity on Thursday as Michael made its way seaward as a tropical storm.

Thousands of people have been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, as people look for their friends and relatives.

"It was the flawless beach town".

"Our partners are just beginning to assess the impact of Hurricane Michael", Katie Mears, senior director of Episcopal Relief & Development's U.S. Disaster Program, said in a press release.

"It's a wipeout", he said on Friday, adding that he plans to sell up. "It was terrible, and now there's just nothing left".

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