Georgia girl killed in Hurricane Michael 'freak accident'

NASA shows they eye of Hurricane Michael as seen from the International Space Station on Wednesday Oct. 10 2018

VIDEOS: Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

Currently, Michael is above Georgia, sending a deluge of rain and severe winds across the state.

Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the USA mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm but marched northeast on Thursday, toppling trees with 80kph winds and bringing "life threatening" flash flooding to Georgia and Virginia, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. Video from a drone revealed widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

Rows and rows of other homes were reduced to piles of debris or crumpled and slumped at odd angles.

Scott explained that the part of the state hit hardest is "very woody", so residents are likely to see downed trees and power lines in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Roofs were peeled away and sent airborne.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated".

"We had about 280 residents who made the decision not to evacuate", said Mexico Beach Administrator Tanya Castor.

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More than 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

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An 11-year-old girl was killed in Seminole County, Georgia during the storm, emergency management officials said.

As reported by The Weather Channel, the hurricane-turned-tropical-storm continues to travel up the East Coast with wind speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

The big tourist attraction of Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach was among the casualties, with extensive wind damage to some of its buildings, but all its animals were reported to be safe thanks to a skeleton staff who stayed behind to look after the six-acre facility.

In nearby Panama City, Fla., few homes were destroyed but almost all were damaged.

"Our biggest thing is the downed lines and the downed trees", said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson. Aluminum siding was shredded to ribbons.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows and twisted street signs lay on the ground. Both were killed when trees crashed onto their homes.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to clear out as Michael closed in.

Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane ever to hit the U.S. mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed north-east, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

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