Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people.
"I expect the fatality count to climb today and tomorrow", Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told CNN.
Michael crashed ashore near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as one of the most powerful storms in United States history, with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph).
As residents pick up the pieces after Hurricane Michael, and teams comb through rubble in search of survivors, authorities say it could be weeks or months before a sense of normalcy returns to storm-ravaged Florida. The balance couldn't be flown because of maintenance or other issues and some had to be left outside.
State officials said they airdropped food and water into the hardest-hit counties. It is now known as Post-Tropical Cyclone Michael.
Gillum added he's been unable to attend "dozens" of campaign events because of his attention to hurricane-recovery efforts - including an event in the Villages originally scheduled for Saturday and an appearance on HBO's "Pod Save America" scheduled for Friday.
Nearly 1.1 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia early on Friday, according to utility companies. It killed at least four people in Florida, five in Virginia, three in North Carolina and two in Georgia, officials said. "If I can get out here I would". "Can't tell the difference between what I've picked and what I haven't".
In the wake of Hurricane Michael, local journalists in the Florida Panhandle are working in incredibly hard conditions.
An 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when Michael's winds dropped debris through the roof of her grandparents' home. "Right now I just need communication", said Mullins of not having cell phone service.
"A river just started coming down the road". There are people out here on dialysis, but there is no power, ' Fontenot said. At least six people were killed, with the death toll expected to rise.
Summers knew they had to get out when, about 30 minutes after the storm made landfall, water surging into the home's kitchen rose up to his neck. A spokeswoman said the four deaths had been forwarded to the medical examiner's office, but additional details were not immediately available.
In North Carolina, a 38-year-old man died when a large tree fell on his vehicle Thursday on USA 64 east of Statesville, Iredell County Fire Marshal David Souther said. Gulf Power is the main utility serving most of the area devastated by the deadly storm.
The acres of flattened homes showed how contractors cut corners amid the patchwork of codes Florida had at the time. Hughes still had her home, but no way to leave it.
A storage facility in Panama City Beach housing hundreds of boats was ripped apart by the strong winds with the roof shredding into strips of twisted metal. Despite the destruction, the Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday.
About 280 of the town's 1,200 residents had indicated they would ride out the storm, but several of those likely fled at the last minute when the approaching storm's devastating strength became clear, Mayor Al Cathey said.
"Everybody we knew lost their house".
In Virginia, the Roanoke River jumped its banks and flooded nearby homes and businesses. Water rose almost to the top of his garage door. "So we take that to then go further into the community or further into where the damage was the worst".
A report at Climate Depot explained the death wish came from Michael Gravitz, a lobbyist for the Marine Conservation Institute.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create an energy imbalance, with more than 90% of remaining heat trapped by the gases going into the oceans.
Crews with dogs went door-to-door Saturday in Mexico Beach, Florida to follow up initial searches for possible rescues. Storm surge is worse now than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the rise in sea levels.
"One of the most frustrating problems is telecommunications", Scott said outside the heavily damaged Blountstown High School, which was built in 2011.