- Full story: Hurricane Michael: storm over Carolinas after battering northern Florida
- More than 830,000 homes in affected areas are without power
More than 830,000 homes across the affected area were without power Thursday morning, Reuters reported.
At its height, the storm had knocked out power at 850,000 homes. Crews in Florida and Alabama had begun restoring some power after the worst of the storm blew through.
The Florida Highway Patrol has closed 80 miles of Interstate 10, the main highway running through the Florida panhandle from east to west, to clear storm debris.
Spokesman Eddie Elmore told the Associated Press the road was closed “due to extremely hazardous conditions.”
I’m urging residents of impacted areas to continue to stay off the roads and listen to your local authorities so that our first responders and utility crews can do their jobs. We’re working diligently to get to everyone as quickly as we can.
This morning, crews are already out working to restore power and clear debris. Please stay off the roads this morning to let these crews work. Many roads are closed for your safety. Remember do not touch downed power lines or drive into dangerous conditions.
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