Some fear the toll can only rise as rescue teams get around storm debris blocking roads and reach isolated areas.
And Customs and Border Patrol also performing air rescues.
Michael was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall in the US, and this Gulf Coast community of about 1,000 people was in its bullseye. Four people died in Gadsden County and three died in Jackson County, in addition to one recovered so far in Mexico Beach, located in Bay County.
Emergency officials said they had done an initial "hasty search" of 80 percent of the stricken area, looking for the living or the dead.
Michael made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 miles per hour winds and heavy storm surge.
A banner hangs from a damaged home as a South Florida urban search and rescue team checks for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. "You don't want to put a rush on a thorough rescue".
He said he did not know how long recovery efforts would take because "We need to restore basic utilities, clear our roads of trees and power lines, and assess the structural integrity of our buildings".
The Florida National Guard has activated 4,000 soldiers and airmen to help with search and rescue, clearing roads and delivering supplies. Because its policies are in the highest-risk areas of the state, its average policy costs almost $2,600 annually with a range from about $3,600 in Miami and the Florida Keys to about $1,700 in Taylor County, not far from where Michael hit. Schools will stay closed indefinitely, a hospital halted operations and sent 200 patients to hospitals elsewhere in Florida and in Alabama. "So many people lost their homes and some people lost their lives". "We lost all our cars".
Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.
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"To have just that American fighting way to sit there and go, "You know what?"
Members of search and rescue crew are seen next to property damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, US, on October 11, 2018. But he said maintenance issues delayed leaving port and by the time crews had cobbled together the necessary fixes the hurricane was too close for us to run away from it.. Numerous 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm.
In nearby Panama City, Fla., few homes were destroyed but almost all were damaged.
"We're getting our stuff and we're going", said Jeff Pearsey, 48.
The storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off a wall at Jinks Middle School in Panama City.
Michael was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall in the US.
With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars (a measure of a hurricane's force), Michael was the third strongest storm on record to hit the United States. Some residents stayed to meet it. Homes were pushed off their foundations and neighborhoods became submerged. When his mobile home suddenly began floating, he swam to a fishing boat and clambered aboard.
"This was my sixth [hurricane], so I thought I was prepared", he said. "The officers, I finally made accountability of them all today, two days after the fact". He and his family felt they had more than enough, so made a decision to give away as much as they could. Thousands of people had been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, but officials said they hoped those numbers would decline somewhat as cell service improved and people could contact loved ones.
The campground had been full just before Michael blew in and covered it in 2 feet (61 cm) of debris and seaweed, McMillan said. He figured rebuilding will take months, but he doesn't plan to leave.