Hurricane Michael weakens further as it crosses Georgia

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Rick Reichmuth, Fox News' chief meteorologist, said Michael was the fourth-most powerful storm to make landfall in the us when measuring by wind, which topped out at 155 miles per hour, and the third-most powerful in terms of pressure, at 919 mb.

Violent winds thrashed communities like Panama City and Marianna Florida, while surges of ocean water - pushed into the shore by winds - submerged coastal homes in Mexico Beach, Florida.

State officials said 285 people in Mexico Beach had defied a mandatory evacuation order ahead of the storm.

The department said that the fire engine had its lights and other emergency equipment activated, but roads were slick and the storm conditions were heavy.

At Jinks Middle School in Panama City, the storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off a wall.

- Power outages: Roughly a million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and SC lost power.

At least 3: The number of confirmed deaths as of Thursday.

Residents emerged in the early evening to assess damage when rains stopped, though skies were still overcast and windy.

Sally Crown rode out Michael on the Florida Panhandle thinking at first that the worst damage was the many trees downed in her yard.

Authorities said a falling tree killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was killed when the winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home. Forecasters say the storm has already begun shedding its tropical characteristics but will take on a new chapter as a powerful extratropical storm with gale force winds on its trek out to sea. Darkness concealed the full extent of the damage left behind, but a second death was reported early Thursday, apparently caused by debris crashing through a mobile home and killing a child inside. The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday, which are still recovering from Last month's Hurricane Florence.

As of 2 p.m. EST, the tropical storm was 25 miles south of Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Emergency responders weren't able to reach the home until after midnight because power lines and trees blocked the roads.

11-year-old Sarah Radney, identified by a coroner Thursday, was killed when a portable carport fell on her home in Seminole County, which is in the extreme southwest corner of Georgia.

Gov. Roy Cooper in a morning briefing with reporters emphasized that the former hurricane remains a unsafe storm, even though most of its destructive power has been spent in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

"I wanted to let you guys know exactly what is going on", she said, speaking about a curfew that had been instituted in nearby Bay County because of concerns about looting from the outages.

Haley Nelson stands in front of what is left of one of her father's trailer homes on Wednesday. So many families have lost everything.

Aerial footage from a helicopter showed widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the US mainland, weakened into a tropical storm over SC.

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In Panama City, plywood and metal flew off the front of a Holiday Inn Express.

The American Red Cross is providing food, water and shelter to more than 7,000 people.