Hurricane Michael's death count rises after Virginia reports several fatalities

The view from a hotel room in Panama City Beach today

CNN journalist Brooke Baldwin was left aghast at what little was left of Mexico Beach, Florida, as she viewed from a helicopter the devastation of the Florida Panhandle from Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland in recorded history.

Hurricane Michael made landfall close to the small town and according to authorities it bore the full brunt of the storm. The order is created to mobilize resources, help Virginia mitigate any damage, and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

In Panama City, buildings were crushed, tall pine trees were sent flying and a steeple was knocked off a church.

The injured in Florida were taken to hospitals in Tallahassee, with some hurt after the storm by breaking tree limbs and falls, said Allison Castillo, director of emergency services at the city's Capital Regional Medical Center.

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.

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Almost 950,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on yesterday.

"I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking", Principal Britt Smith by phone.

At least 11 people died this week as a result of Michael: an 11-year-old girl in Georgia, four people in Florida, a driver in North Carolina and five people in Virginia, officials said.

The hurricane, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the US mainland, left at least two people dead.

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