Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Hurricane Michael Death Toll at 18 and Climbing in Virginia, Florida

Hurricane Michael Death Toll at 18 and Climbing in Virginia, Florida

Numerous 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm.

"Bottom line: It was one of the most powerful storms that the country's seen since 1851", said Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator.

Some areas -such as Panama City Beach- will get power restored in the next two days.

Dave Mullins looks out over the damage in front of his home, seen in background left, where he rode out hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Search teams are reportedly using trained dogs to help search for survivors or remains.

The death toll is expected to rise this weekend in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael as hundreds remained unaccounted for along the Florida Panhandle, where decimated communities remained cut off and in the dark.

Flooding during Hurricane Florence last month also caused sewage overflows in Greensboro.

A framed portrait of Jesus was propped Sunday facing out of the window of Diana Hughes' home in Mexico Beach.

Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit that entered the devastated community, said: "We have one confirmed deceased and are working to determine if there are others".

The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on October 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Florida.

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Cleanup operations were cranking up throughout the Panhandle.

Michael made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 miles per hour winds and heavy storm surge.

"We lost our dock".

"This is the worst it's ever been", she said. "All these electrical poles and water lines are busted". "I was picking three bale cotton (this week); today it is gone", cotton farmer and state Rep. Clay Pirkle said. So he stashed them in a closet before heading to his daughter's new two-story home. "Mexico Beach, there's no barrier island out there to protect it so it got the full force of the Category 4 wind and that wall of water". Despite the destruction, the Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday.

Nola reports that Hurricane Michael's winds are the fourth strongest from a storm making landfall in the United States, behind 1992's Andrew, 1969's Camille, and 1935's "Labor Day Hurricane".

The search for victims has been slow because numerous roads and highways have been blocked by rubble or destroyed, while cell phone service outages have prevented authorities and family members from locating missing people.

Mr. Long said he worries about "hurricane amnesia" and called for rebuilding to be done "in a resilient fashion". "You don't want to put a rush on a thorough rescue".

'If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle, ' Cathey said. There was this whole notion that the trees were going to help us, take the wind out of the storm.

"A lot of what we have been able to do is to ensure that people have those basic needs of water and food", Tezel said. The Coast Guard reported rescuing 129 people.

The Pentagon said about 5,000 U.S. servicemen were deployed to help with relief and recovery efforts, using 100 helicopters and 1,800 high-water vehicles.

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