Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida around noon local time on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds.
That made it the third-strongest hurricane in history to make landfall in the continental US.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the National Guard rescued about 20 people who decided to ride out the storm in Mexico Beach. The small town of 1,000 residents was under mandatory evacuation, but some stayed behind.
After the storm, the US Coast Guard sent an aircraft to survey the damage near Apalachicola, Florida. More than 900,000 homes and businesses are without power in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday.
The storm caused widespread damage to boats moored in the region, including this vessel that capsized.
This boat yard near Apalachicola looks mostly undamaged after the storm.
An industrial area near Apalachicola is seen on Thursday. Some of the roofs appear to been peeled back by the wind.
Michael has caused at least two deaths so far. A man in Tallahassee was killed by a falling tree, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when the winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home.
And Michael path of destruction isn't over yet. While it's been downgraded to a tropical storm, the storm is expected to drop up to seven inches of rain in the Carolinas and Virginia before pushing out to sea Thursday night.