Hurricane Michael Aftermath | Searchers find another body

Gwen Vasquez
October 14, 2018

The death toll from Hurricane Michael reached at least 13 people and is expected to climb.

"Basically what's happened is that people who are closer to where the water was and the water surge, some of these homes are completely gone and all that is left is the foundation", said Stephanie Palmer, team manager of Florida Task Force 2". Five of those who passed were in Virginia, while eight were in Florida.

Damaged boats sit among debris in a marina in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Seminole County Emergency Management Director Alan Harris said Florida was going to "establish a mortuary location" but didn't see that "as a critical need".

Marchetti said his volunteer search teams, consisting mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters, also had rescued or accounted for 345 others previously reported to CrowdSource Rescue since Michael struck on Wednesday.

More roads were becoming passable as crews cleared trees and power lines, but traffic lights remained out and there were long lines at the few open gas stations.

FOX 13's Jennifer Holton photographed an American flag propped up with sandbags in Mexico Beach.

The fire department has received more than 200 calls for checks on residents and Baird said it could take days or weeks before they complete them. "So we take that to then go further into the community or further into where the damage was the worst". "Literally overnight it went from a Category 1 or 2 to a Category 4, nearly borderline 5". "So our neighbors, if they've ever wondered if we love them, they're about to find out for sure when they see one of these dream team t-shirts on". This is pretty extensive, the damage.

MA has also sent help after storms in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Texas in recent times.

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Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle with maximum sustained winds of 249 kilometers per hour, putting it just below the Category 5 status that tops the scale used to describe the strength and destructive potential of hurricanes.

Long said the storm posed a direct threat to people who ignored warnings and evacuation orders on the coastlines, particularly given the threat of storm surge capable of tearing apart and flattening buildings.

Mishelle McPherson's elderly neighbour was among those who stayed behind. The tally of lives lost across the South stood at 15.

"Hopefully they (emergency crews) will be here soon, I'm not going anywhere until they bring him out", she said.

Neighboring Panama City was hit just as hard as Mexico Beach.

It was unclear how many people were still missing on Saturday. "So I wanted to protect them or be there for them in case something like this happened - and it did". "I can't do anything about it right now". and have a big smile on her face because she's in her home.

This is the first time Dana Casteel has been able to get to a working phone. The storm also killed four people in Florida, one in Georgia and three in North Carolina, authorities said. Three people died in North Carolina, all due to falling trees, and a young girl was killed in Georgia when debris was blown through the roof of her grandparents' home.

The rapid-moving rainfall from Michael triggered flash floods in parts of Virginia and the Carolinas, including areas threatened by swollen rivers during Hurricane Florence.

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