Hurricane Michael Aftermath | Searchers find another body

Hurricane Michael Aftermath | Searchers find another body

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

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Miami fire chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit in the 1,000-strong community, said: "We have one confirmed deceased and are working to determine if there are others".

Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the United States mainland, weakened to a tropical storm and pushed northeast on Thursday, bringing drenching rains to Georgia.

The deaths in Virginia include four people who drowned in separate incidents, said Mr. Northam. Five of those who passed were in Virginia, while eight were in Florida.

Despite the fact that Hurricane Michael-one the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history, weakened as it moved over the southeastern United States, authorities expect an increase in the death toll. Jackson County Emergency Management Agency Director Rodney Andreasen said one of the fatalities in Jackson County occurred when a man was struck by a tree in Alford.

"I didn't recognize nothing", said 25-year-old Tiffany Marie Plushnik, an evacuee who returned to a home in Sandy Creek too damaged to live in.

"The hurricane has damaged and destroyed houses, hospitals, roads and water systems across the Florida panhandle, which is dotted with small coastal communities".

"There's a pile", McPherson said as they searched for signs of life. "We will work diligently to ensure Telemundo and its audience are represented in the two scheduled debates and other possible forums". The re-insurance company Swiss Re estimated a year ago that a Category 5 storm hitting Miami could potentially cost the industry nearly $200 billion. This is pretty extensive, the damage.

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

In its violent battering of the southeastern U.S., Hurricane Michael left floodwaters, wind-wrecked buildings and power outages in its wake.

State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said state officials still "do not know enough" about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region. Video shot by CNN from a helicopter showed homes closest to the water in Mexico Beach had lost all but their foundations. "But I made it".

"I'm just glad he's not in pain anymore", Casteel said.

The storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off a wall at Jinks Middle School in Panama City.

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach. "They didn't have a place to go". "I have been up since 3:30 or 4 a.m. emailing and checking on staff to see if they are safe".

"It was just so insane and it's just so bad", he said. "I can't do anything about it right now". and have a big smile on her face because she's in her home. And the winds were coming in and the rain was all pouring down on us and basically I waited for over an hour. "And my mom was praying with Jesus on the phone about it the whole time you know - 'Please let him be alive'".

The death toll across the South stood at 13, not counting any victims in Mexico Beach. In North Carolina, a falling tree killed a man in his auto, and state officials said Friday that a man and a woman died after their vehicle hit a large tree that had fallen across a road.

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