Search and rescue teams combed through shattered us communities looking for victims of Hurricane Michael, a category 4 monster storm which carved out a swathe of destruction in the Florida panhandle, killing at least six in three states.
In Mexico beach, a seafront town where the Hurricane made landfall, houses had been razed by storm surge, boats had been tossed into yards and the streets were littered with trees and power lines.
Florida governor rick Scott said the storm had caused “unbelievable devastation” and the priority for the moment was looking for survivors among residents who failed to heed orders to evacuate.
The US army said more than 2,000 Florida National Guard Soldiers were working on the recovery operations.
There have been six confirmed storm-related deaths so far — four in Florida’s Gadsden county, one in Georgia, and one in North Carolina.
President Donald Trump pledged to help storm victims.
Florida officials said more than 400,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida and Governor Scott said nearly 20,000 utility workers had been deployed to restore power.
Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category 4 storm, the most powerful to hit Florida’s northwestern panhandle in more than a century.
Michael has since been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves through the Carolinas, which are still recovering from last month’s Hurricane Florence.
Mexico beach, where the hurricane came ashore, suffered massive destruction from the 155 mile per hour winds and several feet of storm surge.
Home after home was razed from its foundations in the town of around 1,000 people, leaving just bare concrete slabs. Others were missing roofs or walls. Roads were impassable and canals were choked with debris.
Nearby Panama City beach experienced similar damage along with other communities along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.
A storage facility in Panama City beach housing hundreds of boats was ripped apart by the strong winds with the roof shredding into strips of twisted metal.