Hurricane Michael kills 17 in US

Hurricane Michael kills 17 in US

Hurricane Michael had intensified to an "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm on Wednesday as it flashed towards the state of Florida even as Florida, Alabama, and Georgia had declared a state of emergency on the same day.

Volunteer search-and-rescue networks formed during previous flood disasters in Texas and Louisiana sprang into action in Florida this week following Hurricane Michael, providing a boost to authorities hit by electricity and communications outages.

But the all-volunteer group CrowdSource Rescue said its search teams were trying to locate more than 2,100 people.

Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane ever to hit the USA mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed north-east, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

One elderly man is known to have died in the town where the storm made landfall, his body found hundreds of yards from his home.

The third-strongest storm in recorded history hit the USA mainland yesterday at 2pm (6pm BST) and battered northwest Florida.

Meanwhile, Carroll said, authorities were setting up a triage tent to treat Mexico Beach residents stepping on nails and cutting themselves on debris.

Steve Sweet, who lived in Gretna, Florida, was killed by a falling tree. This brings the death toll thus far to slightly more than a dozen.

"We still haven't gotten into the hardest-hit areas", he said, adding with frustration: "Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson".

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The Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people before and after the hurricane came ashore, mostly from homes along the Florida coastline, and searched for more victims.

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach.

"And if not, that they're not in those structures".

Superimposing the aerial damage on Jacksonville Beach shows those boats would have been pushed as far as Penman Road, and buildings just past 3rd Street would be wiped out like in Bay County. "Literally overnight it went from a Category 1 or 2 to a Category 4, nearly borderline 5". "I hope we don't see it climb dramatically". This is pretty extensive, the damage. "It takes time to put things back together".

Melendez captured the footage during a Facebook Live video, soon after Category 4 Hurricane Michael - packing 155 miles per hour winds - became the third-strongest cyclone to make landfall in US history.

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.

Dough Shelby looks from his house to the destruction in Mexico Beach. "But I made it". Roads in Panama City were virtually impassable and trees, satellite dishes, and traffic lights lay in the streets. He says he feels sorry for people who have lost their homes and do not have much savings. "If you're out of town, you've seen more images and video than we have", said Tyler Allender, a WECP meteorologist and reporter, in the video as the crew drove by a church with the roof damage. Last year, they welcomed children who were displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Pandullo rode out the storm in a closet with his dog, Rosie, as the house literally collapsed around him. Jackson said he plans to move to a community that was not so badly hit, but was concerned that delays processing his insurance claim might hold him up.

A search-and-rescue team walks past a debris pile from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach (David Goldman/AP) A damaged road after Hurricane Michael blew through Carrabelle, Florida, U.S., October 11, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.

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