Utility crews restoring power across Virginia after Michael

Utility crews restoring power across Virginia after Michael

Utility crews restoring power across Virginia after Michael

"It's like a war zone", he said while touring the town of 1,000 people on the Gulf of Mexico.

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

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.

"You can't make sense of it, but what you do is you take the situation, and what we have to make certain that our kids know is that we must be resilient", Smith said.

After almost 3 hours of strong winds and heavy rains, Michael flooded homes and streets, and toppled trees and power lines in the Gulf of Mexico beachfront area.

"So many lives have been changed forever", he said.

Relatives of people who defied evacuation orders in Mexico Beach, a town where the storm obliterated shorefront neighborhoods, also posted messages on the Facebook pages of law enforcement pleading for help finding relatives.

"You hope that somehow at the last minute a bunch of people got up and left or went somewhere else", Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN.

Emergency services carried out dozens of rescues of people caught by swiftly moving floodwaters in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said. "I was picking three bale cotton (this week); today it is gone", cotton farmer and state Rep. Clay Pirkle said.

"We are ready to open up a temporary morgue if necessary, but it doesn't look like that's going to be needed so that's an incredible thing", said Harris, who was working at the State Emergency Operations Center. "If I can get out here I would". "I'm still trying to process it".

Authorities have warned that the storm's death toll was likely to climb as they were able to head into the areas - such as Mexico Beach, Florida - that endured particular damage this week.


Ronald, who lives in Coral Gables, said, "I'm okay".

"It was just a freak accident, I never heard of anything like that", her father, Roy Radney said. A neighbor told McCall that all the docks in the area were destroyed and many people are stuck in their homes as the roads have been blocked with debris.

Others came with nothing - as there was nothing left to save.

Fatalities include eight people in Florida, five people in Virginia, three people in North Carolina and a child in Georgia with a tree falling through a Florida home causing the first death on Wednesday.

Insurance analyst Fitch Ratings said the Florida companies can withstand storm like Michael that hit sparsely populated areas of the state, but would struggle is a major storm hit Miami or another big city.

So far, at least two deaths have been attributed to the storm, but vast swaths of property were levelled.

President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in Alabama and ordered federal assistance.

"MOORED". Boats damaged by Hurricane Michael sit at the Moorings of Carrabelle marina on October 12, 2018, in Carrabelle, Florida. "We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit - and we are with you!"

With reduced winds of 50mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Michael has moved north-east crossing Georgia and is closing in on Greensboro, North Carolina. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 miles per hour, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992.

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

Tyndall Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle suffered so much damage that the 3,600 men and women stationed there, and who were evacuated, were told not to come back.

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