Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

But he gave no details on the number of dead.

The tally of lives lost across the South stands at 14, including the victim found in the rubble of Florida's Mexico Beach. "They try to take a picture so we can call the family and tell them we made contact", one rescuer said.

Zahralban spoke as his team - which included a dog - was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 miles per hour winds.

At least 12 people were killed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, officials said, after one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history slammed into Florida's northwest coast.

Hurricane Michael's death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia.

Despite a mandatory evacuation order, officials said 285 out of roughly 1,200 Mexico Beach residents opted not to leave.

Damaged homes are seen along the water's edge in Mexico Beach Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael
Damaged homes are seen along the water's edge in Mexico Beach Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Most of the search effort focused on Bay and Gulf counties, which took the brunt of the storm while Panama City and Mexico Beach, the towns nearest Michael's landfall accounted for the largest numbers reported missing, he added.

Government and private relief centers were opening up to provide badly needed food, water and other aid to people whose lives were upended by the monster storm.

"I didn't recognize nothing".

"I want you to get back in your vehicle and stop!" one woman shouted at a man accosting her as she tried to squeeze her auto between two idling vehicles at a Panama City service station running two fuel pumps on a generator. "That's her bathroom. She may have went in her bathroom".

"We've got to figure something out". "We lost all our cars".

"This will be the second time in just over a year that we have responded to an emergency in the state, after Hurricane Irma hit last September". Some residents stayed to meet it. Homes were pushed off their foundations and neighborhoods became submerged.

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Among those brought to safety were nine people rescued by helicopter from a bathroom of their home in hard-hit Panama City after their roof collapsed, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said state officials still "do not know enough" about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region. "We will not rest or waver until the job is done and the recovery is complete". "To that end, we're still here in Tallahassee and not able to get back on the trail yet".

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said he expects the death toll to rise.

"You're an idiot!" the man shouted back.

Some residents were packing up and getting as far away as they could.

The hurricane's eyewall passed directly overhead, severely damaging almost every building and leaving many a complete loss.

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"I can tell you that I love you all day long, or I can show you that I love you", he told CBN News.

There were 762,987 power outages across four states impacted by Michael that still each had over 100,000 outages as of 10:50 a.m. Saturday. "My job is to keep our community safe and ensure Tallahassee recovers as quickly and fully as possible", Gillum said in a statement.

"All we can do is be thankful for what we have you know?"

"I've never seen anything like this craziness", said Tamara's café owner Danny Itzkovitz, 54, as he was busy grilling burgers.

“We went out to the middle of St. Andrews Bay and rode out the entirety of the storm, ” said Barker, 47, a 1989 graduate of Flathead High School.

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