More reported dead as Hurricane Michael weakens to tropical storm

PANAMA CITY, FL — Communities are still recovering from last month’s Hurricane Florence  are soaked.

Over 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas without power.

At least two people are dead.

Residents of the Florida panhandle took stock today of the hammering destruction left behind by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday near the small town of Mexico beach as a category 4 storm — carrying winds of up to 155 miles per hour.

The full extent of its damage has yet to be determined, with search and rescue teams still going through worst-hit areas.

“This morning Florida’s gulf coast, panhandle, and big bend are waking up to unimaginable destruction. So many lives have been changed forever. So many families have lost everything. Homes are gone; businesses are gone. Roads and infrastructure along the storm’s path have been destroyed. This hurricane was an absolute monster, and the damage left in its wake has yet to be fully understood,” said Gov. Rick Scott.

The biggest storm on record to hit the Florida panhandle also wreaked havoc on the homes of Filipinos living there.

Panama City resident Aristotle Canlas and his family surveyed the damage in their room — their roof, ceiling, fence and window gutters are destroyed.

Hurricane Michael has weakened to a tropical storm, as it pushed inland towards Georgia, with sustained winds of up to 60 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would also pass through the Carolinas today, bringing as much as 8 inches of rain.

Back in Florida, Governor Scott warned residents to be careful even if the storm has moved. He said while some residents want to check on their homes, some roads are still impassable.

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