>> Rescuers searched for survivors on Friday, as the death toll from Hurricane Matthew climbed into the double digits. Florida Governor, Rick Scott, surveyed the damage from the air on Thursday, areas of Panama City looking like a bomb had gone off.>> Well, especially the damage in Mexico Beach, it's devastating.
You just pray to God that everybody survived that.>> Mexico Beach was ground zero for the storm, which reduced whole neighborhoods to unrecognizable piles of wood and stone. On Thursday, as the skies cleared, residents took stock of what remained after the hurricane slammed into Florida's Northwest coast with screeching 155 mile per hour winds and pushing a wall of sea water inland.
Reuters' Rod Nickel was there.>> The devastation in Mexico Beach is really on a whole different level from other communities which have pretty severe devastation in their own right. There were whole, almost entire blocks of small beach houses that were just gone without a trace, presumably a storm surge came in and washed them out to sea.
There's power lines, there's big trees across the road and you start to get used to seeing homes with the roof torn right off. And people aren't so much, the ones that I spoke with, they're not so much talking about rebuilding just yet, they're just really in a bit of shock.
>> People like the Hansons.>> It's pretty devastating, everybody we know lost their house, everybody, and our jobs.>> And did you guys evacuate?>> No, we stayed, we stayed in our home.>> Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the US mainland, has since moved off-coast after soaking Georgia and the Carolinas.
According to utility companies, over a million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia early on Friday.