Hurricane Michael turns deadly


October 11, 2018
Kaylee O'Brian weeps inside her home after several trees fell on it during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida yesterday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Pam Heckstall surveys the damage as the remnants of Hurricane Michael move through Panama City, Florida yesterday. She is not able to leave her street due to downed trees. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
High tide from offshore Hurricane Michael creeps up into the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida, after the Anclote River backed up. (Jim Damaske/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Pine trees litter a yard in Port St Joe, Florida, on Garrison Avenue, after Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael formed off the coast of Cuba carrying major Category 4 landfall in the Florida Panhandle. It caused surges in the Big Bend area, along with catastrophic winds at 155 mph. (Douglas R. Clifford/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Storm surge retreats from inland areas (foreground), where boats lay sunk and damaged at the Port St Joe Marina yesterday. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Hurricane Michael turns deadly

A Greensboro man was the first victim of Hurricane Michael in Florida yesterday afternoon, after officials said a tree crashed through the roof of his house.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also said yesterday that search and rescue teams were heading into the state's hardest-hit areas to help survivors after the hurricane slammed into Florida at nearly category five strength.

It is the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Florida Panhandle (an informal term for the northwestern part of the US state).

Scott held a news conference Wednesday evening and urged people to stay off roads and leave them open to first responders as they begin the work of search and rescue and recovery.

Late yesterday the hurricane moved on to the neighbouring state of Georgia.

Here are pictures of the disaster.