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Georgia begins damage tally after Michael's hit

Atlanta: Governor Nathan Deal told Georgia residents that the immediate focus in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael's blow was damage assessment and debris removal, so that power can be restored to affected areas of the state.

Governor Nathan Deal addressing the reporters

Hurricanes weaken after landfall, but Michael was a catastrophic Category 4 storm and remained a hurricane as it plowed through Georgia Wednesday.


Deal said about 450,000 power outages had been reported statewide.

He added that 20 hospitals and 15 nursing homes were affected by power outages and were relying on generators.
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The state's Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says there are early reports that Michael devastated cotton crops, that were in the process of being harvested.

"I have seen pictures this morning of cotton that was being harvested yesterday, " he told reporters.

"You cannot tell where he (the farmer) stopped harvest and where the rest of it was harvested by the storm."
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Authorities said a falling tree killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was killed when the winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home.

The storm was expected to move across North Carolina and Virginia and push into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday.

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