In the United States the storm, "Michael" took the lives of 11 people

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2018

In Mexico Beach, FL, alone, 16 people have been pulled from the rubble, CNN reported.

"But it's different when you walk down and see this, and your emotions run away".

It's not only clean-up, but clean-out is also a top priority in Mexico Beach.

Aerial photo shows damaged and destroyed homes after Hurricane Michael smashed into Florida's northwest coast in Mexico Beach, Florida.

At least four deaths from the storm have been confirmed in Florida, five in Virginia, one in Georgia and three in North Carolina. Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used dogs, drones and Global Positioning System in the search.

The U.S. death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to 16 on Friday, law enforcement officials said, as rescue crews began searching hardest-hit communities in the Florida panhandle rendered almost inaccessible by storm damage. It pushed a wall of seawater inland, causing widespread flooding.

Entire neighbourhoods in Mexico Beach have been reduced to concrete slabs, many of them covered in sand and debris.

Mark Bowen, chief of emergency services in Bay County, told "Good Morning America" on Friday that "a tremendous number of people" are "unaccounted for".

Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the United States agriculture department, said Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanut crops, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9bn and affecting up to 3.7m crop acres (1.5m hectares). "America is always at our best when we look out for each other", he wrote. "We're doing what we can with the minimal media that we have". The Sheriff's Office in Gadsden County, Fla., said on Thursday that the storm had killed four people there.

Emergency officials said they had received thousands of calls about missing people, according to USA Today.

Locals offered to go to addresses to see if houses had survived or if residents were there.

Human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create an energy imbalance, with more than 90% of remaining heat trapped by the gases going into the oceans, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

FEMA's Long urged communities such as Mexico Beach, where many homes were obliterated by 12 to 3.7 to 4.3 metres of storm surge, to rebuild to withstand future storms. "Everything's gone. I didn't even know our road was our road", said 25-year-old Tiffany Marie Plushnik, an evacuee who returned to find her home in Sandy Creek too damaged to live in.

"We were going to establish a mortuary location".

Fallen debris had closed 358 roads statewide by Friday morning, Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said, including 32 primary routes.

Meanwhile, Georgia Power reported to have restored electric to 234,000 customers across The Peach State by Thursday evening.

Just shy of a Category 5 storm, Michael had become the most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center treated some people but the hospital evacuated 130 patients as it was dealing with its own hurricane effects. On Friday, he was in Mexico Beach on the Gulf Coast acting as a task force leader for a search-and-rescue unit.

"It was the flawless beach town".

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