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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 October 2018

Florida picks up the pieces in Hurricane Michael's wake

Residents of the Florida Panhandle woke to scenes of devastation on Thursday

Residents clear a road of fallen trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on October 11, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. AFP
Residents clear a road of fallen trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on October 11, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. AFP

Residents of the Florida Panhandle woke to scenes of devastation on Thursday after Michael tore a path through the coastal region as a powerful hurricane that killed at least two people.

The streets of Panama City were littered with snapped trees, downed power lines, torn-off roofs, glass and other debris after the passage of the most violent hurricane in the United States since 1969.

"There is unbelievable devastation. My biggest concern is, of course, loss of life. I know we have a lot of people that I have heard are injured," Governor Rick Scott, who plans to visit impacted areas later in the day, told CNN.

After packing winds that at one point swirled at 155 miles (250 kilometres) per hour, Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm. After crossing Florida, it was passing through Alabama, Georgia and on to South Carolina.

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In Dothan, Alabama, advertising signs and utility posts were torn out of the ground, while sheet metal roofs were ripped off several businesses. Some that fell across the road were cut up in the morning to allow cars to pass.

There were power cuts at several intersections and police officers manned traffic.

Speaking on Fox News, President Donald Trump promised that reconstruction would "go fast."