Aerial view of the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, October 11, 2018. – Chris O'Meara / AP / SIPA
He leaves ruins in his path. At least five people have lost their lives following the devastating hurricane Michael in Florida and the neighboring state of Georgia, local authorities said.
The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office in Florida "can now confirm four related deaths" in the wake of Hurricane Michael, he said Thursday on Facebook, without revealing the identity of the victims for now. A fifth person, an 11-year-old girl, also lost her life in Georgia according to the Chief of Rescue of Seminole County.
Hurricane Michael, which hit northwestern Florida with winds of incredible strength, at 250 km / h on Wednesday, gradually declined in intensity, downgraded Thursday to a tropical storm.
Scenes of desolation
The inhabitants of northwestern Florida discovered theaters on Thursday when they were awakened. The streets of the coastal city of Panama City, hit in the first line by Category 4 hurricane when it touched the ground, were littered with debris, tree branches, torn roofs, pieces of glass. "This is an unthinkable devastation," said Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida. "I have heard that many people have been hurt," he added.
The governor called on the population to limit exits to the outside: "There are power lines that have fallen to the ground. There are trees everywhere on the ground. After hitting winds of 250 km / h, Hurricane Michael was demoted this Thursday in a tropical storm. Florida crossed, he continued his race in Alabama and Georgia, then in South Carolina.
In Dothan, Alabama, billboards and utility poles were ripped off, the sheet metal roofs of several businesses flew or fell, trees were torn out and some fell across the road. cut in the early morning to allow cars to circulate, according to journalists on site.
Hurricane Michael is one of the strongest storms to ever hit the United States, and it's destroyed when it's made landfall in Mexico Beach yesterday.This unbelievable drone video shows just some of the devastation. pic.twitter.com/qoQCVOlVkH- WNDU (@WNDU) October 11, 2018
The current was cut at different intersections and the police were doing traffic. The rain had already been absorbed. The reconstruction "is going to be fast. We will make it fast, "promised President Donald Trump, interviewed by Fox News Channel on Thursday.