Hurricane Michael: In Florida, authorities say 11 now dead from storm

A search-and-rescue team walks past a debris pile from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

A search-and-rescue team walks past a debris pile from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, a lot of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. Mexico Beach is a tiny town that was almost swept away by the storm; the president's helicopter route Monday took him over the debris-filled scene, which included thousands of uprooted trees, a toppled water tower and homes torn loose from their foundations.

"Everything is time consuming", said Capt. Ignatius Carroll, of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue task force.

"You want to see the president?"

Volunteer rescue organization CrowdSource Rescue said its teams were trying to find 1,300 people still missing in the disaster zone in the Panhandle, according to Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of the Houston-based group.

Power lines and telephone networks remained out of service in many neighbourhoods, with only major highways cleared.

"Everybody just needs to help each other right now", Scott said after meeting with emergency responders in the Panama City area. Two of the three people who were killed in North Carolina died when their vehicle struck a tree that had fallen because of high winds, McDowell County officials said. "They might have lost their house".

With the majority of its 26,000 students displaced and many schools deemed not safe because of the damage, officials are discussing alternative ways to get students back to the classroom and to provide psychological aid for them.

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

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. Several trees came down on their property, including one that smashed through the roof.

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"If we don't get no help ... we'll be living under a bridge somewhere".

"We're going into recovery mode, unfortunately", Panama City fire chief Alex Baird told Reuters, "At sunrise, we'll start again on our search". Some barely escaped with their lives as homes were pushed off their foundations and whole neighborhoods became submerged.

"Our hope was that he evacuated but nobody had heard from him", she said. His mobile home wasn't on the beach but when it suddenly began floating during the hurricane, he jumped out and swam to a fishing boat and clambered aboard.

Nanya Thompson, 68, of Lynn Haven, said of the president: "He's doing this, I believe, to project a different image of himself because of all the bad publicity he's had". "But I made it".

Only one person remained missing in Mexico Beach, Cathey said, adding that authorities were nearly certain that that person evacuated before Michael and simply hasn't been contacted. It's unclear how many people stayed behind in nearby communities. In a state of condominium towers, Mexico Beach was one of the few remaining places with small houses and a 1950s feel. He doesn't plan to leave; he wants to protect his home from looters. Are you still searching for a friend or loved one, or do you know someone who is?

Right after the storm hit, Brock Long, the chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he expected the death toll to rise after hearing reports that some people refused to evacuate before Michael's landfall. But officials used the city's Facebook page to tell others to stay away for a week after the Category 4 storm ravaged the beach town with winds and a strong storm surge.

The president stated that the government's immediate priorities are food, water and safety for storm victims. They've also set up a triage tent to treat residents stepping on nails and cutting themselves on debris.

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to 18 on Sunday as emergency crews continued to sift through the wreckage in search of survivors.

To her disappointment, it read: "We're still working on it. we'll keep you posted".

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