By Adam Arnold, news reporter
Large parts of Florida have suffered "unimaginable destruction" after the third-strongest hurricane in US history slammed into the sunshine state.
More than 900,000 homes and businesses are still without power in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Winds up to 155mph uprooted trees and brought down power lines — with federal officials warning it may be several weeks before utilities are restored to some areas.
Search and rescue teams have fanned out across affected regions to reach trapped people.
Bu the full extent of the damage was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the worst areas difficult to reach.
An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Florida Panhandle — the northwestern stretch of the state which bore the brunt of Michael’s strength — was closed because of debris.
At least two people have lost their lives following the category four "monster" storm which brought torrential rain and destroyed properties.
One man died when a tree fell into his home on the Florida Panhandle, and an 11-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell onto her home in Georgia.
Florida governor Rick Scott said: "This morning, Florida’s Gulf Coast and Panhandle and the Big Bend are waking up to unimaginable destruction.
"So many lives have been changed forever. So many families have lost everything... This hurricane was an absolute monster."
After making landfall on Wednesday afternoon in Florida, Michael’s fierce winds and heavy rain struck Georgia, where it was downgraded to a tropical storm and later reached the Carolinas.
North and South Carolina are both still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and caused billions of dollars in damage last month.
Michael was expected to leave the US east coast on Friday.
Article source: “https://news.sky.com/story/hurricane-michael-unimaginable-destruction-after-monster-storm-11523639”