Utilities in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama reported that more than 932,000 customers were without power in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
Nearly half of those affected were in Florida, which bore the brunt of Michael - the most powerful storm on record to hit the state's Panhandle.
It left widespread destruction as it crossed into Georgia toward the Carolinas, a region still reeling from epic flooding in Hurricane Florence.
.@NC_Governor Cooper: NC has thousands of power outages and is constantly fluctuating. Utility crews are working to restore power when it is safe. Around 45 school systems are closed.— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) October 11, 2018
The Category 4 storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon amid beach resorts and coastal communities, packing 155 mph (250 kph) winds.
Michael thrashed Georgia as a hurricane and eventually weakened to a tropical storm early Thursday. Despite the downgrade, the storm was still pounding the Southeast with heavy rains, winds, and a threat of spinoff tornadoes.
We're projecting Hurricane #Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in North Carolina and South Carolina, based on the storm’s current forecasted track. Complete power restoration from a storm of this magnitude could take several days. https://t.co/KxWSNkBGjQ pic.twitter.com/BG08Xi6NYe— Duke Energy (@DukeEnergy) October 10, 2018