PHOTOS: Widespread destruction across southeast from Hurricane Michael

The Category 4 hurricane was the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in over 25 years.

On Wednesday, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in over 25 years, and third strongest ever at 155 mph. The weakened storm brought strong wind and rain across Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before heading back out to sea. Billy Graham chaplains are deploying to Albany, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle to offer emotional and spiritual care to devastated communities.
Last Wednesday, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in over 25 years, and third strongest ever at 155 mph. The weakened storm brought strong wind and rain across Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before heading back out to sea. Billy Graham chaplains have been deployed to Albany, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle to offer emotional and spiritual care to devastated communities.
A resident sits among the wreckage in Mexico Beach, Florida, where the hurricane first hit land.
A resident sits among the wreckage in Mexico Beach, Florida, where the hurricane first hit land.
People pass by giant piles of destruction on a street framed by downed power lines in Mexico Beach. State agencies and utilities have reported there are more than 1.4 million people left without power from the storm.
People pass by giant piles of destruction on a street framed by downed power lines in Mexico Beach. State agencies and utilities have reported there are more than 1.4 million people left without power from the storm.
A woman searches through the rubble for her friend, who stayed behind during the storm.
A woman searches through the rubble for her friend, who stayed behind during the storm.
Residents remove belongings after trees fell on their home in Panama City, Florida. Michael's winds were just shy of a Category 5 hurricane when the storm made landfall. Florida's Gov. Rick Scott called it an "absolute monster."
Residents remove belongings after trees fell on their home in Panama City, Florida. Michael’s winds were just shy of a Category 5 hurricane when the storm made landfall. Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott called it an “absolute monster.”
First responders have been going door-to-door to check on residents who stayed during Hurricane Michael. Eleven deaths have been attributed to the storm, and authorities expect the death toll to rise as search crews go through affected areas in the next few days.
First responders have been going door-to-door to check on residents who stayed during Hurricane Michael. Eleven deaths have been attributed to the storm, and authorities expect the death toll to rise as search crews go through affected areas in the next few days.
"Pray for those who have lost everything to the water and wind of Michael," Franklin Graham tweeted Thursday. Demolished homes, downed trees and significant flooding are all results of the storm. Even in the midst of disaster, you can have peace through a relationship with God.
“Pray for those who have lost everything to the water and wind of Michael,” Franklin Graham tweeted Thursday. Demolished homes, downed trees and significant flooding are all results of the storm.

Even in the midst of disaster, you can have peace through a relationship with God.