Girl among six people killed as hurricane Michael death toll rises

Friday October 12 2018

Kathy Coy of Panama City

Kathy Coy looks at what is left of her home after Hurricane Michael destroyed it on October 11, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. PHOTO | AFP 

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The death toll from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Florida coast as a Category 4 storm, has risen to at least six in three states, US officials said on Thursday.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office confirmed four fatalities in the Florida Panhandle county, which is west of the state capital Tallahassee.

In Georgia, where the storm moved after making landfall on Wednesday in the Panhandle, an 11-year-old girl also died, the rescue chief in Seminole County said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Twitter that Michael, downgraded to a tropical storm, had claimed a life in his state, when a tree fell on a car.