"Obviously FEMA and our federal partners are doing everything that we can to support our our state local governments that are going through a tremendous hit. Bottom line, It was one of the most powerful storms that the country has seen since 1851 and I think that the TV cameras are revealing what that looks like, particularly in New Mexico Beach area. But there's a lot of damage inland last night. The storm also pushed through North Carolina and Virginia. We had fatalities, I think there were up to five fatalities in Virginia, a lot of flash flooding, localized flooding. It is still not safe to return particularly Bay County, Florida, doing so there's no infrastructure there to support you. And quite honestly it's a dangerous area to go back into. You know when you have this type of destruction, there's gas lines that are there, there's power lines that are down and doing so you're putting your life in danger and we ask you to be patient. You know before, you just try to rush back into those areas and understand that we're doing everything that we can to get the roadways open and trying to stabilize the situation so that people can go home and figure out how to put the rest of their livelihood back together."
Mexico Beach, Florida - 11 October 2018
2. Various of destroyed homes
3. Various of debris, destroyed homes along roadway
4. Various of woman walking with large bin through debris
"You know we want people to understand how these storms attack communities. You know they're classified by winds. but storm surge causes the most amount of loss of life and it causes the most amount of destruction and you're witnessing it in Mexico Beach and I hope that the country won't forget it and that when you go back to rebuild these areas, that you do so in a resilient fashion, that we don't rebuild to the same standards, that we have locals and state governments start to implement real building codes across this country. It's frustrating to us, because we repeat this cycle over and over again."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is pleading with residents who have been displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Michael, to please be patient before they return home, because it may not be safe.
"You know when you have this type of destruction, there's gas lines that are there, there's power lines that are down and doing so you're putting your life in danger and we ask you to be patient," said FEMA Director Brock Long.
"You know before, you just try to rush back into those areas and understand that we're doing everything that we can to get the roadways open and trying to stabilize the situation so that people can go home and figure out how to put the rest of their livelihood back together."
The National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory on Michael Friday monring, now a post-tropical cyclone speeding off over the Atlantic Ocean.
And, impressively, Michael's top sustained winds are growing again, to near 65 mph (100 kph) at 5 a.m., with forecasters saying it will grow stronger still.
It remains very large, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 275 miles (445 kilometers) from its center. A gauge on one offshore buoy recorded a wind gust of nearly hurricane strength.
The overall official death toll from Hurricane Michael is up to 11.
The latest added to that numbe came from Virginia, where authorities confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state.
Department of Emergency Management spokesman Jeff Caldwell told The Associated Press on Friday that four people drowned: three in the western part of the state and a fourth in central Virginia.
He says a firefighter also was killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into his fire truck while he was responding to a two-car crash in heavy storm conditions.