Al Hancock, 45, who works on a tour boat, survived in Panama City with his wife and dog.
Below is another video taken in Mexico Beach during Hurricane Michael. With just a month to go before Election Day, voters were also given one more day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm.
Linda Burton returned to Parker, a town of about 4,300 northwest of Mexico Beach, from a storm haven in Alabama to find her motorhome had been destroyed by falling trees.
While interests across the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend areas are urged to get out of coastal areas in Hurricane Michael's warning strike zone as the storm of a lifetime bears down for a Category 4 strike Wednesday, another risky situation is developing inland across Georgia, with the storm poised to inflict rare devastation there, as well. Further inland, about half the homes were reduced to piles of wood and siding.
Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach. No patients were hurt, the hospital said.
"It swamped streets, bent trees, stripped away limbs and leaves, knocked out power, shredded awnings and sent other building debris flying".
At Jinks Middle School in Panama City, the storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off one wall, leaving the wooden floor covered in water.
A Hurricane Warning is still in place in coastal Bay County, Florida.
"I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking", Principal Britt Smith by phone. "So far, everybody seems to be very safe".
More than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power.
The number of people in emergency shelters was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by Friday, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross. The Category 4 storm intensified as it made landfall in the area, causing homes to be completely wiped out from flood waters. By 8 a.m. Tuesday, top winds had reached 100 miles per hour (155 kph), and it was forecast to strengthen more, with winds topping 111 miles per hour (179 kph), capable of causing devastating damage.
"Our biggest thing is the downed lines and the downed trees", said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson.
Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the U.S. Agriculture Department, said Michael had severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanuts, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9 billion and affecting up to 3.7 million crop acres (1.5 million hectares).
The Gulf of Mexico is home to 17 percent of daily U.S. crude oil output and 5 percent of daily natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The National Weather Service is now warning that Michael is a "potentially catastrophic" weather event, which could result in "the strongest hurricane to landfall" upon Florida's Panhandle in over a decade.
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