Hurricane Michael rips through Florida's Panhandle

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Hurricane Michael's death toll rose to 13 on Friday and was expected to climb higher as emergency workers searched rubble and the storm's grim consequences stretched from the Florida Panhandle into Virginia.

The Gulf of Mexico gave Michael exactly what it needed to bulk up into a monster: The water was 4 to 5 degrees F (2.2 to 2.8 degrees C) warmer than normal, and high-atmosphere winds that can disrupt a hurricane were quiet.

Her brother was able to tell a friend that his home was starting to get cracks in the walls and water was rushing in Wednesday.

Gulf Power, which provides electricity in hard-hit Bay County, anticipates people in the impacted areas could be without power for weeks as the utility rebuilds parts of its system.

That means the storm was more powerful than the deadly Hurricane Katrina that ravaged New Orleans in 2005.

"You can't drive a vehicle anywhere, you can't do anything because it's littered with houses, pieces of houses", said Patricia Mulligan, who rode out the storm with her family in a condo in Mexico Beach, a town of mom-and-pop shops and sport-fishing businesses about 56km southeast of Panama City.

"There are so many downed power lines and trees that it's nearly impossible to get through the city", Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said.

Boutwell said he doesn't even know where to begin his family's recovery effort. Patients were moved out of hurricane-damaged hospitals and nursing homes. "We need to be ready for this", NHC Director Ken Graham said in an update Tuesday morning, urging people in the storm's path to finish preparations and evacuate if they're in an emergency area.

The state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in, authorities said.

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In its latest bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael had become "an extremely risky category 4 hurricane". The storm is now moving at 21 miles per hour.

Forecasters said it could drop up to 7 inches (18 centimetres) of rain over the Carolinas and Virginia before pushing out to sea Thursday night.

"The Gulf Power system held strong from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach - a testament to the investments we've made to harden our infrastructure", Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers said in a statement. Roofs and awnings are peeled from buildings, pieces of homes are scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches are washed away.

A man died in Greensboro, Florida, northwest of Tallahassee, after a tree crashed down on his home late on Wednesday afternoon, local law enforcement officials confirmed. "And the damage left in its wake is still yet to be fully understood", he added. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit her in the head.

Aluminium siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows.

Contributors in Florida include Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Panama City, Brendan Farrington in St. Marks, Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, and Jennifer Kay and Freida Frisaro in Miami. Downed power lines and twisted street signs lay all around. Some houses were simply wiped off of their foundations, with wreckage and sand covering the ground and streets.

"It's going to be moving through quickly", Austin said of Michael. It also was about 200 miles (325 kilometers) south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labour Day storm (184 mph), Camille and Andrew in 1992.

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