The Devastation Of Hurricane Michael In Pictures
A house damaged by Hurricane Michael.
A house damaged by Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
Another house is destroyed.
Rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
A man looks over the destruction.
A man stands on what is left of a balcony. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
A woman is comforted by a rescuer.
Bianna Kelsay of Mexico Beach, Florida, is consoled by a member of rescue personnel after being saved from her damaged business. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
An entire house is destroyed.
An American flag flies amongst the rubble left in the aftermath. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
A semi-trailer lies overturned.
An overturned truck damaged by Hurricane Michael is seen in Callaway, Florida. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
A ruined McDonald's sign
A McDonald's sign damaged by Hurricane Michael is pictured in Panama City Beach, Florida. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman.
Houses lie toppled in Mexico Beach
Emergency workers Dr. Patricia Cantrell, left, and Ana Kaufmann, with the South Florida Search and Rescue Task Force 2, survey the western edge of town in Mexico Beach. Photo: AP / Douglas R. Clifford.
A Florida man observes the destruction
Resident Tony Feller, who stayed in Mexico Beach during Hurricane Michael, sits in a chair amidst the destruction. Photo: AP / Gerald Herbert.
An entire township lies devastated
The coastal township of Mexico Beach lays devastated after Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle. Photo: AP / Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times.
Debris litters the ground
Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground in Mexico Beach. Photo: AP / Chris O'Meara.
More than 650,000 homes and businesses in southeast Florida have been destroyed, with entire townships wiped out.
Bridges and roads have been "swallowed" by a storm surge, reports CBS, with Hurricane Michael making landfall overnight with winds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h).
"The devastation in Bay County is real, I have seen it with my own eyes," said Florida Governor Rick Scott, after taking an aerial tour of the aftermath.
"We will not stop working to bring back our communities."
At least six people have been killed and there are fears the number may still rise. One man was killed when a tree fell on a residence in Greensboro, reports NBC News. An 11-year-old girl was killed near Lake Seminole, Georgia, when a metal carport was picked up by the wind, crashed through the roof of her house, and struck her in the head.
The damage was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated," Scott told the Weather Channel.
Authorities are warning those affected to stay inside and wait for rescue.