Hurricane Michael's aftermath

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Judson Jones, Paul P. Murphy and Joshua Berlinger, CNN
5:04 p.m. ET, October 12, 2018
6:10 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

4 Florida counties are still under a curfew

From CNN’s Dianne Gallagher

Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Washington counties are still under a mandatory curfew because of Hurricane Michael, according to an emergency alert.

The curfew extends from sunset to sunrise. People were urged to returned their shelters by 7 p.m. ET, according the alert.

6:03 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

Interstate 10 reopens in both directions

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

The Florida Department of Transportation reported that Interstate 10 reopened in both directions, Gov. Rick Scott tweeted.

Read his tweet:

5:40 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

Tallahassee mayor: Thousands of downed trees and power outages reported

From CNN’s Rashard Rose

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, speaking at a news conference Thursday, said the city was dealing with power outages and thousands of downed trees.

The mayor said the city is currently assessing the damage and that no major injuries were reported in their city.

Gillum added that 88% of pump stations were off the power grid system and an estimated 150,000 gallons spilled from the wastewater stations during the storm.

The spillage was reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, he said.  

5:18 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

Pence's message to hurricane victims: "We are with you, we will stay with you"

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Thursday afternoon at the US Department of Agriculture.

"President Trump has taken decisive action to make sure that the full resources of the federal government are available to people in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas that have been impacted on this historic storm," Pence said at the news briefing, while sitting next to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

"I want to assure all those looking on that we’re going to continue this government-wide effort to help Americans in the city and on the farm," the vice president said.

Pence then spoke directly to people impacted by the hurricane and said, "From the heart of the American people, we are with you, we will stay with you."

5:01 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

He huddled in a closet during the height of the storm. Then the floor fell away, and the roof crumbled.

Scott Cawthron, a Mexico Beach resident who, up until yesterday, had a home there, says he survived Hurricane Michael huddled with his mother in a closet as the floodwaters rose and the roof flew off its foundation.

“It's in pieces. The roof's over there, and the structure's over there underneath another house,” Cawthron said, describing his experience during the storm’s peak.

“The flooding occurred and it was much more than the initial report of six to nine feet. It was 9 to 12 easy. It was outside my bedroom window upstairs. It started flooding downstairs. I told my mother, who is 72 years old, come upstairs and we hid in a closet. The floor started sinking away from us, and the roof truss fell on the floor and I couldn't get out of the closet,” he said.  

“God gave me the strength to get the door open, and get her on the door that we were pushing open, and the sheet metal wedged on my head so I can protect her from the wind. She has a bad gash on her foot, but we’re okay.

He added that he hoped the rest of his family is OK, but he hasn’t heard from them.

4:47 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

A meteorology student rode out the storm. Here's what he saw.

Alex Forbes, a Mississippi State University meteorology student, and his classmates rode out Hurricane Michael in Marianna, Florida, to experience it firsthand.

He took this video during the storm:

Forbes also shot this video of the hurricane's damage.

4:26 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is evacuating 130 patients

From CNN’s Hollie Silverman

The Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City, Florida, is evacuating 130 patients Thursday to neighboring hospitals, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The most critically ill patients will be moved first, according to Ed Fishbough, assistant vice president of communications for HCA Healthcare.

"Until we can be certain of stable public power, water and sewage systems, our patients will be safest in our neighboring hospitals," the hospital said in a statement.

4:02 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

More than 480,000 without power

As Hurricane Michael swept across the Florida Panhandle, it left a trail of destruction and widespread power outages across numerous states.

As of Thursday afternoon, there are currently 486,827 utility customers without power in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, and Alabama.

Here's a breakdown of the outages:

  • Florida: More than 165,000 customers
  • Georgia: 158,349 customers
  • South Carolina: 107,266 customers
  • Alabama: 39,000 customers
  • North Carolina: 16,153 customers

The number could rise as the storm moves northeast toward Virginia. Meanwhile, the US Army Corps of Engineers has deployed a team to work on providing temporary power in Florida.

3:43 p.m. ET, October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 6

From CNN’s Dave Alsup, AnneClaire Stapleton and Hollie Silverman

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to six Thursday after a new death was reported in North Carolina. 

A 38-year-old man was killed Thursday when a large tree fell on his vehicle on Highway 64, east of Statesville, North Carolina, according to Iredell County Fire Marshal David Souther.

In Florida, four people were killed in Gadsden County as a result of the hurricane, according to Lt. Anglie Hightower, spokesperson for Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

A child was killed in Seminole County, Georgia, Wednesday after a metal carport crashed into the roof of her home.