The Houston County Emergency Management Agency in Alabama told people to stay off the roads.
"We are anxious about the damage once we see sunrise", he said. "Houses that have been there forever are just shattered".
Bo Patterson, the mayor of Port St Joe, just south of Mexico Beach, rode out the storm in his house seven blocks from the beach, describing the scene outside as "very, very scary".
A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said. Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires.
Hurricane Michael knocked down hundreds of trees on Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida.
Parker said he rented a room from the couple in their home before moving previous year to his own house.
Gov. Scott also reported that 2,500 National Guard troops were now active in the state, along with 350 State Troopers backing them up.
The hurricane also ripped the roofs off homes. "I asked her to keep her hands on it today, and she did". Many people will not be able to return to their homes.
Damage in Panama City near where Michael came ashore Wednesday afternoon was so extensive that broken and uprooted trees and downed power lines lay almost everywhere.