Florida officials said Michael, packing winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometres per hour), was the most powerful storm to hit the state's Panhandle area since record-keeping began more than a century ago.
Since making landfall on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, the now tropical storm has left thousands of people without power, uprooted trees, turned homes and marinas into ruins and killed at least 2 people.
Supercharged by abnormally warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Category 4 storm crashed ashore in the early afternoon near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a 200-mile (320-kilometer) stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases.
At a midterm election rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the path of the storm and said he would be visiting Florida soon. Twenty-three miles up the coast in Panama City, blocks of beachfront homes were obliterated and debris lay strewn aside overturned vehicles.
Virginia authorities have confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state.
In areas that have been declared safe, officials are warning residents to drive only in the daytime, when they can see downed power lines and other hazards.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced a State of Emergency for the state as Hurricane Michael quickly approaches Florida and the South.
The father of the 11-year-old girl tragically killed during Hurricane Michael has described learning of his daughter's death over the phone as "hell". No injuries were reported, but there's roof damage to "nearly every home" on the base.
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State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC.
The 11-year-old girl died after the strong winds swept up a metal carport and blew it into her home, hitting her on the head.
Michael was finally downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday while over south-central Georgia.
A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Anglie Hightower said.
Six Florida counties remain under curfews, as work crews try to push debris off of roads so utility and emergency crews can start to fix the damage and reach people who need help. "If the house and the cars are destroyed they can be replaced, but my niece needs her dad - and as much as I sometimes can't stand him, I would do anything to just know he's OK", McCall said. So many families have lost everything.
Caldwell says there were five suspected tornadoes in the state, but they are still awaiting National Weather Service confirmation.
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He also called on people in hurricane-hit communities to stay in their homes to give emergency crews room to carry out their work.
Numerous buildings in Panama City were demolished or left without roofs amid deserted streets littered with debris, twisted, fallen tree trunks and dangling wires. It includes the privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties and automobiles.