Hopes fade for more survivors of Hurricane Michael
14 October, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Sherry Houston
Mike Lester walks along the washed out road in front of his home on the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael at Alligator Point in Franklin County, Florida, US, on October 13, 2018.
Then, as Michael blew through Virginia as a tropical storm, authorities said five people there were killed, including four who drowned and a firefighter whose truck was struck by a tractor-trailer as he responded to an accident in heavy storm conditions.
Rescuers from FEMA used dogs, drones and Global Positioning System in the search for survivors.
Nola reports that Hurricane Michael's winds are the fourth strongest from a storm making landfall in the United States, behind 1992's Andrew, 1969's Camille, and 1935's "Labor Day Hurricane". Almost 2,000 law-enforcement officials have been sent into the Panhandle.
Michael also disrupted energy operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost a third as offshore platforms were evacuated.
On Saturday, emergency crews will continue descending into the coastal cities in the Panhandle, like Mexico Beach, that were wiped out and will try to reach remote areas that were isolated by downed trees and power poles.
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.
Search teams continued to pick their way through the ruins of Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 miles per hour winds.
"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.
He hoped by week's end, he could "get ourselves back on the trail with the rest of you working to flip Florida".
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has called up 4,000 members of the state's national guard to deal with the deadly storm, adding 500 more on Saturday, and almost 2,000 law-enforcement officials have been sent into the Panhandle. They worry about their kids getting into school.
There are people within just a few blocks of us who dont have homes, he said. Several trees came down on their property, including one that smashed through the roof. "An enormous amount of 911 calls are going unresponded to because we've got this priority to search and rescue".
The front door of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City was boarded up Friday and water service hadn't been restored but a handmade sign directed patients to the emergency room, which remains operational.
Residents and rescue workers in Florida and other southeastern us states are digging through the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael, the remnants of which have moved out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs. When his mobile home suddenly began floating, he swam to a fishing boat and clambered aboard.
"This was my sixth [hurricane], so I thought I was prepared", he said. "The officers, I finally made accountability of them all today, two days after the fact".
Virginia authorities said they had confirmed five deaths there and had one person still missing Friday.
About 300 people stayed behind in the city, despite evacuation pleas.
At this time, more than 2,000 people are staying in Red Cross shelters. They are cutting holes in roofs.
"I'm the idiot that rode it out here in this place", said Blackwell, 65, sweat dripping from his face. He said he didn't want to leave his collection of Gone with the Wind dishes and antique dolls.
A second website has also been set up for residents impacted by the storm to check in and let others know they are safe.
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