The concern was for people who ignored evacuation orders ahead of the storm - which grew with surprising speed from a tropical storm into an extremely powerful hurricane in less than two days - and who stayed put in communities that were demolished by Michael's assault on Wednesday.
Less than two days after arriving on the Florida Panhandle as one of the most powerful hurricanes in USA history, a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour winds that sheared roofs from houses and buildings and snapped trees and power poles, Michael moved off the East Coast early Friday morning and into the Atlantic Ocean as a post-tropical storm.
While the diocesan website still urges prayer for the hurricane's victims, quoting two verses form Psalm 107, it is also encouraging people to donate much-needed items to those whose lives were upended by Michael. They include a firefighter who was struck and killed by a truck outside Richmond.
A man who died when a tree fell on a home near Greensboro, Florida, has been identified as Steven Sweet, according to Lt. Anglie Hightower, Gadsden County sheriff's public information officer.
An 11-year-old girl, Sarah Radney, was killed on Wednesday when a carport was torn away and was sent hurtling into a modular home in Seminole County, Georgia. "I'm an hour and a quarter away, and my daughter's dying, and I can't do anything about it". It was unclear how numerous others might have gotten out at the last minute. After striking Florida, and soon weakening to a tropical storm, Michael is expected to move northeast over Georgia and the Carolinas, where residents are still cleaning up from Hurricane Florence.
Currently, Michael is moving into SC as a tropical storm.
In Mexico Beach, FL, alone, 16 people have been pulled from the rubble, CNN reported. They assessed the damage and embraced each other.
While Florida's capital, Tallahassee, seems to have been spared the worst of the storm, smaller cities on the panhandle, including Callaway, Panama City, Greensboro, Mexico Beach, and Saint George Island, have been devastated. "I was picking three bale cotton (this week); today it is gone", cotton farmer and state Rep. Clay Pirkle said.
"I know you just want to go home. It's just how do we get together, how do we recover?"
"Unfortunately, it looks like it's coming directly at us". "May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and you, O prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast down to hell Satan and the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world for the ruin of souls". In another tweet, Scott thanked the grocery store chain Publix for "generously donating food for these troopers to have dinner tonight".
President Donald Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next week but did not say what day he would arrive. The Sunshine State's governor since 2011, Scott is not seeking re-election, instead vying for a seat on the U.S. Senate.
As the hurricane passed through Florida, it made its way to Georgia, becoming a Category 1 storm by 8 p.m.
He described the area as "totally decimated". Response teams were also working to remove roadway debris to clear paths for emergency services.
While forecasters said Michael was gradually losing its tropical traits, a new chapter would begin as an extra-tropical storm, predicted to intensify with gale force winds once it starts cross out into the Atlantic.
HURRICANE Michael's pounding waves and winds have obliterated row after row of beachfront homes after the Category 4 hurricane slammed ashore on the Florida Panhandle.