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Death toll from Michael rises to 11, including Virginia firefighter

Hurricane Michael, a ferocious and historic storm, has killed 11 people, including an 11-year-old girl, and left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Four people died in Gadsden County, Florida, said a sheriff's office spokesperson.

In Georgia, an 11-year-old girl, Sarah Radney, was killed when part of a metal carport crashed into her family's trailer in Lake Seminole and struck her in the head, local officials said. Her official cause of death was due to massive blunt force trauma, Seminole County Coroner Chad Smith told ABC News.

Michael is the first major hurricane to blow into Georgia since 1898.

In North Carolina, a 38-year-old man was killed when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, Iredell County officials said.

In Virginia, Lt. Brad Clark, a Hanover County firefighter, was killed while helping at the scene of a car crash Thursday, according to Hanover Fire-EMS and Virginia State Police.

In Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 45-year-old James King Jr. died after his car was caught in a flash flood and he was swept away, state police said.

Michael has left over 1,600,000 households and businesses without power across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

More than 33,000 workers have been mobilized to help restore power, officials said.

Michael was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in over 50 years, and by early Friday it wasn’t over yet: a tropical storm long after Wednesday’s landfall, Michael stubbornly kept up its punch while barreling up the Southeast, dumping heavy rains and spreading flash flooding misery as far away as Virginia.

High winds, downed trees, streets inundated by rising waters and multiple rescues of motorists from waterlogged cars played out in spots around Virginia and neighboring North Carolina. And while forecasters said Michael was gradually losing its tropical traits, it was a new chapter would begin as an extratropical storm predicted to intensify with gale force winds once it starts cross out into the Atlantic.

In North Carolina’s mountains, motorists had to be rescued Thursday from cars trapped by high water. High winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Flash flooding also was reported in the big North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh. Similar scenes played out in parts of Virginia as the storm raced seaward.

This story includes information from the Associated Press.


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