Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises as Rescuers Search for Survivors

Greg Lawrence
October 15, 2018

"If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle", Cathey said.

Fulton says studies of the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago suggest that "we were pushing in food and water, when really what we should have been pushing in was communications equipment". The small seaside community had a lot of older mobile homes and low-income year-round residents working in the commercial fishing and service industries.

Dough Shelby looks from his house to the destruction in Mexico Beach. She rode out the hurricane on the couch huddled with her dog and her ex-husband. But the pickup truck wouldn't start after getting swamped with water. "I can't do anything about it right now". and have a big smile on her face because she's in her home. "Every time something like this happens, you have to say to yourself, 'Is there something we can do better?"'

Once the area has been completed cleared, the search and rescue teams will move to other areas "to make sure the whole county is searched properly". "We are still getting down there", the governor added. "You can only eat so many crackers".

Elsewhere, Donald Trump announced plans to visit Florida and Georgia early next week.

Jeff and Katrina Pearsey, with a ruined rental home in the Panama City area and no indication of when they could again earn a living, said they were heading to Bangor, Maine, where Katrina once worked as a nurse.

About 1.5 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia on Friday, according to utility companies. Marco Rubio said on NBC's "Meet The Press".

The scientific research group Climate Central says unless the rate of greenhouse gas emissions changes, hurricanes are expected to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades.

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At the time, the first lady's office issued a statement saying she had not spoken to Giuliani about the matter. This also makes her the only First Lady whose first language is not English.

Sauer along with a couple of his friends are helping to assess what people need and rounding up workers to help Floridians get back on their feet.

In downtown Marianna, Florida, the facades of historic buildings lay in pieces on the ground across from the courthouse.

"There were too many people, including with children that did not want to leave". At least 17 people have been killed. "There was a girl that had trapped horses, horses that were down, and horses that really needed vet care that could not get there". In the storm's wake lay crushed and flooded buildings, shattered lives and at least 15 deaths that state and local officials have linked to the storm, with authorities investigating another three deaths. Official said someone from another county was using an aerial mapping app, noticed the distress message and contacted authorities.

In the United States, IsraAID is coordinating with volunteers from the California-based Team Rubicon organization, comprised of military veterans who team with first responders. The Air Force has already reported that 100 percent of the facility's structures were damaged and all are uninhabitable.

Linda Clarke gasped repeatedly at the sight of her once new home in Shell Point Beach - now severely damaged.

The base was home to some of the nation's most advanced fighter jets but Nelson said he could not comment on how many planes were on the base during the storm or how many were damaged.

For the few residents remaining in Mexico Beach, conditions were treacherous.

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