ibusinesslines.com November 14, 2018

Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

13 October 2018, 08:13 | Justin Tyler

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Death toll from Hurricane Michael reaches 16

The wind shredded the roof of his single-story home. "I'm just waiting", said Morales as he wonders what he will do next.

"Currently, this only includes parts of Florida, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief". The current death toll from the storm is 11, although emergency responders say that number could still rise.

Efforts to rebuild will begin after homes and roads were smashed and trees downed.

The maximum wind speed was 120 km/h, earlier it reached 250 km/h Potential damage from the hurricane is estimated at billions of dollars.

"Mexico Beach is devastated", Florida Governor Rick Scott said of the town where Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday.

The seaside community of Mexico Beach, where the storm made landfall, was a flattened wreck. "Hopefully it doesn't rise dramatically but it does remain a possibility".

Search-and-rescue teams were using sniffer dogs as they sifted through the rubble looking for victims.

FEMA used dogs, drones, and Global Positioning System in the search.

On Twitter, Sen. Marco Rubio described the scene in Mexico Beach as "total devastation" and said drone images produced "audible gasps" at one emergency operations center. "Their specialties range from damage assessment to medical missions to search & rescue", FEMA tweeted on Thursday.

Mexico Beach, a gorgeous beachfront city, now looks like an apocalyptic mess, according to survivors. "This is obviously the worst", said Stephanie Palmer, a FEMA firefighter and rescuer from Coral Springs, Florida.

State officials say almost 300 people in Mexico Beach ignored mandatory evacuation orders, but it is unclear if they were able to get out at the last minute.

She said local television stations were knocked off the air for two days, and authorities were relying on the radio station of the Gulf Coast State College to broadcast public service bulletins.

State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders. "So many families have lost everything", he said.

An insurance company that produces models for catastrophes estimated Michael caused about $8 billion in damage, the Associated Press reported.

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

The Houston-based volunteer search-and-rescue network CrowdSource Rescue said its teams were trying to find about 2,100 people either reported missing or stranded and in need of help in Florida, co-founder Matthew Marchetti said.

Those left behind acknowledged the sheer scale of the destruction. "People will just pack up and leave".

As of Thursday evening, more than 900,000 homes and businesses in the country's southeast region had no electricity.

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