Deadly tornadoes battered parts of the United States coastline on Monday killing at least 38 people.
An 18-month-old toddler sucked from his father's arms is among the dead, while 13 others are still reported missing
Rescue workers used bloodhounds to look for bodies in rubble-strewn neighbourhoods.
This is the devastation left by Florida's deadliest tornadoes on record.
A pickup truck ended up on its nose inside a wrecked living room and some people lost nearly everything they owned.
At least 38 people have been killed while 13 others are reported missing.
One woman described what happened to her and her husband.
"My husband and I just hit the floor, got under the bed and hung on to the bed frame, and the tornado came through the front of my house and went right through the back and the wind tried to pull us through and took all my bedding off the bed. My bed is in my house with just a mattress and a box spring. It took the drapery off the window, the blinds, everything went."
SUPER CAPTION: Irene Lomand, Kissimmee resident
But the six to ten twisters missed Walt Disney World and the two other major theme parks in the Orlando area.
Curfews were set at dusk in the hardest-hit areas.
More than 250 people were injured, including a 16-year-old girl who was blown 45 metres (150 feet) out of a window and into a field.
El Nino-fuelled thunderstorms blew in off the Gulf of Mexico just before midnight on Sunday, spitting out tornadoes from the Tampa Bay area on the Gulf to Daytona Beach on the Atlantic Coast.
One man lost his his 18-month-old son when he was torn out of his arms by a tornado that roared through their mobile home before dawn near Kissimmee, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Orlando.
It was the deadliest round of tornadoes in Florida since the U-S National Weather Service started keeping detailed records 50 years ago.
And it was the state's most deadly day since Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, killing at least 32 people in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas.
Some of the tornadoes may have had wind speeds as high as 338 kilometres per hour (210 mph).
More than 135-thousand people in central Florida lost power at the height of the storms.
U-S President Bill Clinton sent representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which granted disaster assistance to 14 counties.
Near Kissimmee, a tourist campground was unusually full because the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo had finished on Sunday and training for baseball's Houston Astros was just getting under way.
Eight people were killed in the park, including a man whose body was blown onto the Florida Turnpike.
One resident said the state had just been unlucky.
"It's still Florida. It could have happened anywhere, you know. It's one of those things. Unfortunately it happened at that mobile site and through here, but anywhere in the world you can get this, you can get hurricanes, you know. No I don't think so. I think it scared some of our British tourists, you know, but I've lived here too long."
SUPER CAPTION: Tony Pierce, Rents homes to tourists
Meanwhile Californians continue the battle against mud and floodwater brought on by the strongest El-Nino powered storm, so far, on Monday afternoon.
Creeks have become raging rivers as the strongest El Nino storm yet, drops rain at the rate of an inch an hour.
Mudslides have blocked highways, preventing many from getting to work or school.
Other residents refused to be deterred by the power of the storm and drove on to their destinations despite the danger.
The storm has claimed the lives of two people on Monday evening, when a tree smashed into their car.
Mudslides have destroyed several homes and apartment buildings throughout California and many more are at risk.
Storm damage has been estimated at U-S 475 (m) million dollars so far.
Flooding kept rescue teams busy throughout the day as residents were trapped by rising waters in their cars or homes.
In Ventura County, the rising water is eating away river banks and inching closer to nearby homes.
"It would probably be in your best interests where you might want to consider relocating to higher ground."
SUPER CAPTION: Police officer
Some residents in the town of Piru took the warning to clear out.
Others are hoping that precautions such as covering the soaked earth with tarpaulins will save their homes from the relentless onslaught of rain.
The El Nino weather phenomenon has led 34 of 58 California counties to declare states of emergency.