Hurricane Michael: Rescuers scour debris amid fears deathtoll will climb

Seven of the Most Devastating Hurricane Michael Photos You'll Ever See

The dead include four people in Florida, a child in Georgia and a man in North Carolina.

New aerial shots from the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the wake of Hurricane Michael. A spokeswoman for the company said on October 12, crews will first assess damage before restoring power.

Three deaths were reported in Marianna, in Jackson County, Florida, Sheriff Lou Roberts told a news conference on Friday afternoon.

How many others were not so fortunate was still not clear.

"Tropical storm wind gusts will continue across much of SC and central and eastern North Carolina, with sustained tropical storm force winds expected along the coast of the Carolinas", the agency said.

Impact of elements occurred also in the States of Florida and Alabama. "We still haven't gotten into some of the hardest-hit areas".

The number of crews available immediately following Michael, were equal to the height of the restoration following Hermine in 2016, which knocked out power for a week or more in some parts of the city.

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 25 kilometres northeast of Norfolk, Va, at 10 p.m. ET, with top sustained winds of 80 km/h as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. As it kept gaining strength, hurricane forecasters said, it "defies traditional logic". "All major roadways are passable", the city said, adding that 83 percent of its traffic signals were operating normally. "There were still some areas that were flooded", she said. "I have seen cotton that was being harvested yesterday. You can not tell where he stopped harvest and where the rest of it was being harvested by the storm".

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Even with the worst of the storm now past, flooding remains a threat, as overwhelmed river systems struggle to cope with massive amounts of water.

Here's what some of the damage looks like.

Forecasters today predict a storm's path with an accuracy that would have dazzled their colleagues of a generation ago, having narrowed and lengthened the famous "cone of uncertainty" to reflect their ability to forecast a storm's track five days in advance.

"I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking", Principal Britt Smith said by phone.

Among those killed was a firefighter in Hanover County, Virginia, who was hit by a tractor-trailer while assisting with another accident on Interstate 295.

Some 20 hours after making landfall, Michael still poses flash flooding threats to parts of Georgia, the Carolinas, and southeastern Virginia.

In the case of Michael, the storm appeared to be heading into a hurricane-snuffing environment of strong wind sheer, the differences in wind speed and direction that can disrupt a hurricane's rotating, cone-shaped structure.

As of this morning, Michael is a post-tropical storm off the Eastern Seaboard.

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