Hurricane Michael kills 17 in US

14 October, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Tara Reeves
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Three additional deaths were reported in Marianna, in Jackson County, Florida, Sheriff Lou Roberts told a news conference on Friday afternoon.

FOX 13's Jennifer Holton photographed an American flag propped up with sandbags in Mexico Beach. "But it's different when you walk down and see this, and your emotions run away".

The number of fatalities is expected to rise further as rescuers go door to door and comb through the rubble in Mexico Beach and other Florida coastal communities such as Port St. Joe and Panama City.

"Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience a storm surge", Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said from Mexico Beach, a town flooded with a rush of 4.27m of seawater in the storm.

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.

- The human cost: Virginia had five storm related deaths, including two people who were swept away from their vehicles by floodwaters; four people were killed in Gadsden County, Florida, near Tallahassee; three people died in North Carolina, one man from a falling tree and two others whose auto smashed into a tree felled by the storm; and an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia was killed when a carport blew through the roof of her grandparents' home.

The NHC warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inland from the coast.

The number was expected to rise as the storm exited the state late Thursday, Duke said in a tweet.

Except for the emergency-911 system, authorities in Bay County, the epicentre of the hurricane disaster, were virtually without telephone or internet service until late in the day on Friday, making communications internally and with the public hard.

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And unless we change the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we should expect hurricanes to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades, the scientific research group Climate Central said. "But we have architects and engineers and we need to make sure we make the reopening process as smooth as possible and as safe as possible". "We're doing what we can with the minimal media that we have".

A little further on, and a woman, accompanied by a friend, is sifting through the remains of her home, loading what she can salvage into the boot of a auto. "It really started as a tropical storm, and then it went to Category 1, then it was Category 2 and before you know it, it was Category 4", said US Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy. Photo Courtesy The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A banner hangs from a damaged home as a South Florida urban search and rescue team checks for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

"It's OK if you want to live on the coast or on top of a mountain that sees wildfires or whatever, but you have to build to a higher standard". "If we're going to rebuild, do it right".

By Friday morning the storm remnants were about 275 miles (445 km) southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, packing maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h.

Marchetti said his volunteer search teams, consisting mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters, had rescued or accounted for 345 others previously reported to CrowdSource Rescue.

About 3,500 Florida National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm recovery, along with more than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel, Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

The beach town looked like it had been carpet bombed, with little left in the first blocks from the beach. "Not all of that commercialism", said Dottie Sinclair, 57, a nurse, adding that one Subway fast-food restaurant was the only commercial chain.

Ronald, who lives in Coral Gables, said, "I'm okay". "People will just pack up and leave".

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