Alma Archer and Edgar Leyva walk to drier land after the Winston-Salem Fire Department's water rescue team helped them down from their apartment in Winston-Salem, N.C., on October 11, 2018.
Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the USA mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm but marched northeast, toppling trees with 50 miles per hour (80 kph) winds and bringing "life threatening" flash flooding to Georgia and Virginia, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. "It's like a war zone".
U.S. Army personnel used heavy equipment to push a path through debris in Mexico Beach to allow rescuers through to search for trapped residents, survivors or casualties, as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead.
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administrator Brock Long warned residents of the hardest hit area not to go back yet.
Conditions remain precarious in hard hit areas, especially Mexico Beach, Florida, which Michael left in ruins.
"So many lives have been changed forever".
Dr Jay Radtke, the medical examiner for some of the areas of most concern, including Panama City and Mexico Beach, said he could not release any information on the number of dead in the six Panhandle counties under his jurisdiction.
Roy Radney was outside Wednesday evening when the call came that something had come through the roof and hit Sarah and his mother.
Numerous beach's residents followed evacuation orders.
"Luckily we did not get a surge", Tenbrunson said of his home. I mean, there's trees down.
"It's insane. I'm way too stubborn for my own good".
Before: Mexico Beach, Fla.
"I spent my life savings and retirement to stay here so I can't sell it now", Tenbrunson said. "I just need to know".
State Highway Patrol Commander Glenn McNeill said troopers handled more than 1,000 traffic collisions between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday.
Others came with nothing - as there was nothing left to save.
Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris.
The death toll from Hurricane Michael reached at least 13 people and is expected to climb. 5 confirmed Michael-related fatalities.
Many of those who did survive don't have water or power.
President Donald Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next week but did not say what day he would arrive.
According to AAA, the gas outages are mainly in Florida and South Georgia.
The official said that after Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a field hospital was required in the Florida Keys for a year, and similar situations may be required with Michael. - The recovery will be long, but Florida is persistent, we help each other, and we will survive. The storm caused major damage to Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, where winds clocked up to 130 miles per hour flipped an F-15 fighter jet and shreaded hangars.