Entire blocks of homes near the beach were obliterated, reduced to nothing but concrete slabs in the sand. "All of my furniture was floating", she said. "It was very bad, and now there's just nothing left".
Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane ever to hit the United States mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed north-east, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.
Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the US Agriculture Department, said Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecans and peanuts, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9bn and affecting up to 1.5 million hectares. As of 5 a.m. ET Friday, the storm is moving northeast across the Atlantic Ocean and was about 185 miles east-northeast of Norfolk, Virginia.
The NHC warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inland from the coast. High winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Flash flooding also was reported in North Carolina's two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh. Similar scenes played out in parts of Virginia as the storm raced seaward.
Under a perfectly clear blue sky, Florida families emerged tentatively from darkened shelters and hotels to an unfamiliar and perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centres, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters.
Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her home after Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Florida. Homes were split open by fallen trees. Downed power lines and twisted street signs lay all around.
Mr Long said several hospitals in the Panhandle were hit by the hurricane and patients had to be evacuated.
And unless we change the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we should expect hurricanes to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades, the scientific research group Climate Central said.
"This morning, Florida's Gulf Coast and Panhandle and the Big Bend are waking up to unimaginable destruction", Governor Rick Scott said.
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- Hurricane history: first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida's Panhandle since record-keeping began in 1851. It doesn't include losses covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.
One of the hardest-hit spots in Florida is Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore.
Florida officials say one man died when he was crushed in an incident involving a tree in Gadsden County. A driver in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle. But she added emergency crews trying to reach the home were hampered by downed trees and debris blocking roadways.
Michael also disrupted energy operations in the US Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated.
More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning.
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 center chief Ken Graham said.
They said it was still not clear how many people stayed put and would need to be rescued.
Jordon Tood, 31, a charter boat captain in Port St. Joe, said: "There were mandatory evacuation orders, but only idiots like us stuck around".
The US national guard has reached the town, dubbed "ground zero", and found 20 people who survived a direct hit from Michael. But the fate of many residents was unknown.
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Likewise, natural disasters, such as major hurricanes or flooding incidents, leads to a four percent jump in mental-crisis risk. A five year warming of the climate by 1 degree Celsius was associated with a 2 percent rise in mental health problems.
Forbes and the International Monetary Find (IMF) have differed on Nigeria's economic growth in 2018 and projections for 2019. The global financial elite are on the Indonesian holiday island for a week of discussions clouded by the economic outlook.
Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so. Rail services to Drogheda, Dundalk and Belfast have been suspended because of a tree on the line at Donabate in Dublin.
Recent data from the Ghana Health Service has revealed that about 41 percent of Ghanaians have some form of psychological illness. While the UK's move was welcomed, critics blamed shortfalls affecting mental health services on the government's austerity drive.
If the keeper was disappointed to let in Bolt's first strike, the second goal was embarrassing for him and his centre-back. Meanwhile, bookmakers Coral have made Bolt 20-1 to play in the Premier League one day.
But judging by her dramatic new hair color, Princess Eugenie plays by a different set of wedding prep rules. Eugenie is the 28-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson , and ninth in line for the throne.
Earlier this year, Instagram announced it would filter out bullying comments that aim to harass or upset users. It's unclear what else the technology can detect and whether it would work on images without captions.
One of the issues for Indian oil companies is their requirement to sell below market to subsidize prices in their home country. The US pulled out of the agreement earlier this year as President Trump claimed he was looking for a better deal.
But soon after the landing, USA and Russian officials said that rescue forces were in contact with the astronaut and cosmonaut. A manufacturing error could be to blame, Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed Russian space expert as saying.
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