A search-and-rescue operation led by FEMA did not find any fatalities in Mexico Beach as of Friday morning, but Donald Walker, the town's interim fire chief, said that is likely to change. He said it was unclear if the man lived alone or with a family.
Large parts of the state's panhandle were pulverized by the strong winds and rain, and eight storm-related deaths have been reported in Florida so far. The storm also killed four people in Florida, one in Georgia and three in North Carolina, authorities said. "So we're just trying to give people hope at this point".
About 1,700 search-and-rescue workers have checked 25,000 homes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
Long, who plans to head to the area hit by the storm over the weekend, said that in Bay County, Florida - home to Mexico Beach - "it's not safe to return", given the downed power lines and other debris littering the region. It pushed a wall of seawater inland, causing widespread flooding.
Entire neighbourhoods in Mexico Beach have been reduced to concrete slabs, many of them covered in sand and debris.
Except for the emergency 911 system, the authorities in Bay County, the epicentre of the disaster, were virtually without telephone or Internet services until late last Friday, making communications hard.
Major insurance companies fled Florida's homeowners market after 1992's Category 5 Hurricane Andrew hit south of Miami, destroying much of the city of Homestead and causing $45 billion in damages, adjusted for inflation. Picture taken October 11, 2018.
"I'll be sending a crew down, a two man crew or three man crew to start estimating tarping and doing what we've gotta do to line the work up" Sauer said. "We've been writing things down on pieces of paper".
The Pentagon said about 5,000 USA servicemen were deployed to help with relief and recovery efforts, using 100 helicopters and 1,800 high-water vehicles.
"I'm homeless", said nursing assistant Carla Covington, 45, who is caring for her mother and two children after their house was destroyed by falling trees. Search teams went door-to-door hunting victims.
Florida insurers "are built to be able to withstand these types of storms that are expected to happen every 10 to 15 years", according to Brian C. Schneider, a senior director at the analytics firm Fitch Ratings. "If we're going to rebuild, do it right".
By last Friday morning, the storm remnants were about 445km south-west of Nantucket, Massachusetts, packing maximum sustained winds of 100kmh.
He also said 243,513 people are without power in Florida.
The number of people in emergency shelters was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by Friday, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Saturday the sixth person died in Charlotte County. He said they are ignoring intact structures and painstakingly going door to door at collapsed buildings, first making noise to alert anyone who could be inside that they are not looters, and then sending in a cadaver dog to search for any bodies.
"It was the flawless beach town".
Gillum added he's been unable to attend "dozens" of campaign events because of his attention to hurricane-recovery efforts - including an event in the Villages originally scheduled for Saturday and an appearance on HBO's "Pod Save America" scheduled for Friday.
"But you know what ... it's just stuff, it's just stuff", she told her husband, Raoul, as they walked through the ruins. "People will just pack up and leave".
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