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Nearly 155,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the US Southeast, with residents of battered coastal towns forced to cook on fires and barbecue grills.
About 35,000 Floridians have called Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking help since and the agency has already approved US$1 million in assistance for people in those 12 counties.
Hurricane Michael left scenes of destruction in its wake in Florida, and authorities fear the death toll could still increase as the search operation continues in the most heavily damaged areas.
Rescue efforts have been hampered by roads choked with downed trees after coastal woodlands and forests were uprooted by the storm.
Hurricane Michael made landfall not far from the base on Wednesday, and went on to claim at least 17 lives across four states, with Florida the worst hit.
Electricity and telephone service were being slowly restored, but it could be weeks before power is restored to the state's most damaged areas.
As of early on Saturday, state officials were reporting that at least 18 have been killed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The concern was for people who ignored evacuation orders ahead of the storm and stayed put in communities that were demolished by Michael's ferocity on Wednesday.
Fema says the hurricane is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since record keeping began in 1851.
Much of downtown Port St. Joe, 12 miles (19km) east of Mexico Beach, was flooded after Michael hit with 155 mph winds, snapping boats in two and hurling a large ship onto the shore, residents said.
Crude output lost in the two days of storm shut-ins represents about 9% of the US production of 11.1 million barrels per day.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm is now packing maximum wind gusts of 130 mph (210 kilometres).
At their most fearsome, these low-pressure weather fronts pack more power than the energy released by the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima.
Hurricane Michael is expected to strengthen to a major Category 3 storm with winds over 100mph (160kmh), making it one of the most powerful storms to hit the Panhandle of Florida in decades.