Rescue officials losing hope in Florida as search efforts continue

15 October, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Weakening Hurricane Michael Swirls Over North Carolina in Satellite Images

The death toll from Michael has climbed to at least 17 people and is expected to rise, as search and rescue efforts continue.

Homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael are shown in this aerial photo Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida.

FEMA crews used heavy equipment, sniffer dogs, drone aircraft and global positioning satellites in their search.

The shooting unfolded Thursday night in hard-hit Panama City, a little more than 24 hours after Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm, WEAR-TV reported. It pushed a wall of seawater inland, causing widespread flooding.

A framed portrait of Jesus was propped Sunday facing out of the window of Diana Hughes' home in Mexico Beach. "We do not have a count, but we are working to identify them", Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue team in Mexico Beach, told The Associated Press.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit both Florida and Georgia early this week to inspect the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael.

With no power and with spotty cellphone service, residents still unaccounted for could be trapped in isolated areas, according to Baird.

Cleanup operations were cranking up throughout the Panhandle.

The mammoth storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, claimed lives in four states, but Florida suffered the worst damage by far.

"We lost our dock".

"It was just a freak accident, I never heard of anything like that", said her father, Roy Radney. "All these electrical poles and water lines are busted".

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The earliest reasonable time the winds could arrive in the southern part of the United States is around 8 p.m. Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen for hurricane duty.

"All this stuff is just unsafe", Ostman said, glancing at the destruction all around.

"This (storm) hit so hard and so fast that the different aspects of human nature is going to come out, and people are going to do anything to survive", Panama City resident Christopher Donahue told WEAR-TV.

"Pine forests were no longer - they were all sticks that were broken in two", Nelson, a Democrat, told Fox News.

There is still no water, electricity or telephone service in Mexico Beach, adding to the hardship.

"Virginia storm updates as of 7.00 am [1100 GMT Friday]".

The death toll from Michael's destructive path now stands at 18 across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Thousands of national guard troops have fanned out in the affected states as residents attempt to try and find missing loved ones and assess the wide-spread damage to homes and businesses.

"There are people out here on dialysis, but there is no power", said Taylor Fontenot, 29, a roofing contractor from Sugar Land, Texas, and founder of 50 Star SAR, a volunteer search and rescue organisation. He said the storm took out his house built in the mid-80s as well as newer buildings put up recently.

"It's OK if you want to live on the coast or on top of a mountain that sees wildfires or whatever but you have to, build to a higher standard", he said.

"Things, we can replace", Farabaugh said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront". Trees even in Ghent were taken down by winds brought on by Michael's exit into the Atlantic Ocean.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said two people - a man and a woman - were killed in McDowell County when their auto hit a large tree that had fallen on the road. The Florida Democrat said that older buildings on the base were demolished, while newer structures are in need of substantial fix.

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