Hurricane Michael - LIVE: 11-year-old girl killed as tropical storm grinds over Georgia
A second person has been killed by Hurricane Michael, according to authorities. In Seminole County, Georgia, an 11-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her home amid the worst storm “in a century” to hit the region, authorities told US media.
It follows the death of a man in Florida who also died when a tree hit his house. Michael has caused widespread damage, leaving some 400,000 people without power across three states and even blowing a train off its tracks in Florida, according to reports.
The National Hurricane Centre is now categorising Michael as a tropical storm with sustained winds of 60mph. It is moving northeast at about 20mph as it continues to weaken over central Georgia, the agency said in its latest advisory note.
After daylight on Thursday residents of north Florida would just be beginning to take stock of the enormity of the disaster.
Damage in Panama City near where Michael came ashore on Wednesday afternoon was so extensive that broken and uprooted trees and downed power lines lay nearly everywhere.
The storm was due to pass over the Carolinas on Thursday, just weeks after the states were battered by Hurricane Florence’s torrential rain.
During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Donald Trump promised to visit Florida “very soon”, adding that “we will always pull through” and offering his “thoughts and prayers” to those affected.
Additional reporting by agencies