Death Toll From Hurricane Michael Climbs to 11

Benny Hobson 69 sits in what is left of his home in Panama City Florida

Kegs of beer rest among the debris blocking U.S.Highway 98 in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael at Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2018.

The storm left a trail of destruction before it reached Virginia on Thursday.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's office reported four people killed, with one young girl killed in 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.

Former President Barack Obama, in a tweet, asked Americans to help rebuild.

"You could tell they were flummoxed", Phil Klotzbach, research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, said Thursday. In a beach town home about 1,200 people, entire blocks of homes have been reduced to nothing but concrete slabs in the sand or piles of splintered lumber.

And in Virginia, the storm produced a handful of tornadoes and deaths as it made its way through the state and off into the Atlantic.

Winds have knocked out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses across Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia.

For these hard-hit places, Michael - which came ashore as a Category 4 storm with 155 miles per hour winds that made it one of the strongest to make landfall in the Gulf in a century - will leave a long-lasting mark. Other houses were missing roofs or walls.

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Video shot by CNN from a helicopter showed homes closest to the water in Mexico Beach had lost all but their foundations.

"Hope is that even if the storm does come, even if I lose my auto, my house, my family, even if I lose my life, blessed be God", he said.

"There's nothing left here anymore", he said of the town.

By all accounts, Sarah Radney was safe inside her grandparents' home when Hurricane Michael roared into southwest Georgia.

Margaret Decambre, a 48-year-old gemologist, rode out the storm in her Panama City fourth-floor condo with her husband and three cats. Hundreds of cars had broken windows. "We had probably about half an inch of water on my floor and no way to stop it from coming in. It's washed away", she said.

Decambre said she had opened her home to a friend who takes care of three elderly women.

In North Carolina, a 38-year-old man died when a large tree fell on his vehicle Thursday on United States 64 east of Statesville, Iredell County Fire Marshal David Souther said. "Yes, it is all about helping others".

The number of fatalities is expected to rise as rescuers go door to door and comb through the rubble in Mexico Beach and other Florida coastal communities such as Port St. Joe and Panama City, said Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Although Floridians remember Hurricane Wilma for raking the state from west to east in October 2005, it's famous among meteorologists for its explosive gain of strength over the western Caribbean, shooting from tropical storm to strong Category 5 hurricane, with 185 miles per hour winds, in two days.

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