A freight train was blown over by wind gusts generated from Hurricane Michael. Michael is one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever come ashore in the United States with 155 mph sustained winds.
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The day after Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s Panhandle, it weakened to a tropical storm but not before killing two people and leaving a trail of disaster.

Thursday, the sun rose on demolished buildings, washed-out roads and downed trees. The sun was the only light in many areas, as power outages were widespread across Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

As the eye of Michael moved across eastern Georgia into Central South Carolina, emergency groups and Florida residents that stayed behind began assessing damage.

The storm made history as the third strongest to hit the United States mainland in recorded history after making landfall Wednesday as a Category 4.

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Here are some images and videos from the hurricane’s path:

Boats with bent frames sink into rubble at the Panama City marina. On shore, high-rise buildings are stripped of siding and walls, exposing tousledfurniture inside.


Cleanup crews used construction equipment to scoop debris left by Hurricane Michael off of the causeway between Apalachicola and Eastpoint in Florida. 

Power lines tangled with down trees block Florida roadways. 

Cars were crushed under down trees in Georgia and Florida.




Residents try to salvage what remains of their homes. 

Drone video of Panama City shows buildings ripped apart and power lines down. Cinderblock and brick walls were demolished on the west side of the city, and the east reportedly sustained even more damage. 

Satellite images captured the now tropical storm up the East Coast as of 6 a.m. Thursday morning. 

More photos:

An uprooted tree in Panama City, Florida.

A busted McDonald’s sign thrown to the ground.

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Steve Kiggins contributed to this report. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets

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