Hurricane Michael before and after photos capture utter devastation

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2018

"The wind was really tearing us apart". Michael left a trail of utility wires on roads, flattened tall pine trees and knocked a steeple from a church.

11-year-old Sarah Radney, identified by a coroner Thursday, was killed when a portable carport fell on her home in Seminole County, which is in the extreme southwest corner of Georgia.

A Florida man was killed when a tree crashed through his home in Greensboro and trapped him, according to Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower.

The center of Michael will bring gale- to storm-force winds over portions of southeastern Virginia, extreme northeastern North Carolina, and the Delmarva Peninsula late on Thursday night and on Friday morning when it becomes post-tropical off the Mid-Atlantic coast, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Almost 850,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

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At the city's Jinks Middle School, the storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off a wall.

"I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking", Principal Britt Smith by phone. "I am declaring a state of emergency in order to provide state assets to Virginians and to assist our neighbors in states who are dealing with the devastating effects of this historic storm". Downed power lines lay almost everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.

Twenty miles (32 km) south of Mexico Beach, floodwaters were more than 7 feet (2.1 meters) deep near Apalachicola, a town of about 2,300 residents, hurricane centre chief Ken Graham said.

Dominion Energy also confirmed that 120 schools had lost power, many local.

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