The aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Florida

ABC News' Davis Muir speaks to locals and Gov. Rick Scott on what the next steps are in the state's recovery.
5:31 | 10/12/18

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We will move on now, the destruction you now in Mexico beach on the ground there today stretches for miles in that community and right here in in neighborhood as well in Panama City. You can see it behind us here tonight, damaged, walls pulled offer. Mattresses remaining. And the middle school is damaged. Take a look at drone shot from up above in the and. Destruction as far as the eye can see. Home after home with trees on top of them and two hospitals here in the area, they are in a race against time trying to evacuate their patients. I talked with the staff, caring for the patients including a pregnant woman going into premature Baylor with twins and a man witing for bypass surgery. We also embedded today with search and rescue teams today going door to door in the neighborhoods. This is the catastrophic damage of hurricane Mike M. The storm surge in apalachicola taking over streets and homes. In St. Joe beach, a family, including father and son rescuing people from their roof after the eye of the storm passed. Here in Panama City, this stunning drone footage revealing a school destroyed. Today we drove past streets littered with debris. Cars smashed. Stop lights out. There is no power here. A tractor trailer flipped over on its side. Then we arrive at bay medical center. The hospital is hit, the win dopes breaking and the power going out. The emergency doors blown in and the wind racing through the E.R. So you're literally going to go door to door? Reporter: The doctors rescuesing the patients. The wind made a wind tunnel through and we had to physically block off the doors which was fairly difficult to do. Reporter: How did you do that? We put stretchers up and bars across the doors to keep the doors from flying open. Reporter: On up upper floor, a cardiologist taking us down a hallway where cardiac patients, some awaiting surgery, were there when it hit. Moved away from windows and to safety. You can see the hole through the glass here. He tells me the wind was howling, the windows shaking. You can see the water still on the floor. Our hospital is filled with patients. A lot of them are sick and had to be moved quickly. Reporter: They had to carry some of the patients down stairwells to safety and they began evacuating those serious. A woman pregnant with twins, who had gone in prema sure labor. The herselves have been taking the most critical patients to a neighboring hospital. One of the hospitals is in Pensacola, a three-hour drive. And Dr. Patel reassuring this wife, her husband waiting double pi pass surgery. There was water every write. We were terrified. Reporter: Tonight, the hospital says they plan to have most of the patients out within 48 hours-good luck with the move. I'm glad he's okay. Thank you. Reporter: All of it as first responders go through the community knocking on first doors. Butch browning is the fire marble. The sooner you get people out, the better off you are. Reporter: So you literally are going to go door to door. Yes. Reporter: We were embedded with people today. They spent all day looking for survivors. Many of the homes here with trees on top of them. Authorities fearing there could be people trapped inside. Searching homes, walking through this living room. The ceiling now on the floor. So far, they have mound nowhere, which is remarkable here given the amount of damage. Back at the hospital, another flight taking off. Getting the patients out. I cannot saw enough about the search and rescue teams going door to door or the doctors and nurses at the hospital, some showing up before the hurricane hit, working around the clock now. We'll stay on it. In the meantime, the hurricanes and tornadoes that followed knocked out power, up to a million customers without power. Fleets of utility trucks on the job across several states tonight. And some customers, it could be day, even weeks before the power is back on. And Michael is a tropical storm. The winds are packing a powerful and dangerous punch. The flood flood watching up to the northeast tonight. Rob Marciano is tracking it for us. Rob? Reporter: David, the storm remains powerful. About to enter the state of Virginia. Rain with this and a tornado watch until 9:00. High wind warning for coastal areas and flash flood watching from southern new England to the Carolinas. A lot of wind and rain with this. Virginia tonight and after midnight in southern parts of New Jersey and heavy rains for eastern Long Island. They get a piece of this and a couple dry days as they continue the zaunting cleanup and recovery effort.

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