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Searchers find body in hurricane-stricken Florida town

13 October 2018, 08:16 | Dale Webster

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He spoke Friday as his team was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was almost obliterated by Micahel's storm surge and devastating 155 miles per hour (249 kph) winds when the Category 4 hurricane made landfall Wednesday.

Further details were not immediately available.

In Georgia, Southern's Georgia Power unit said it expected to restore service to most customers over the next couple of days with those in the hardest hit areas by October 16.

Elsewhere, President Donald Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next week but didn't say what day he would arrive. Images shared on social media show that entire blocks of homes were destroyed in areas of Florida hit hardest by the storm, such as Mexico Beach.

It morphed into a fierce Category 4 by the time it came ashore near Mexico Beach, Florida on Wednesday afternoon, with wind speeds of 250 km/h.

United States media on Friday quoted authorities in Jackson County, Florida, as reporting three deaths there, bringing Michael's toll to at least 16.

State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders.

The IRS said Friday it's offering relief "to any Major Disaster Declaration area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for either individual or public assistance".

The death toll was expected to rise this weekend in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael as hundreds remained unaccounted for along the Florida Panhandle where decimated communities remained cutoff and in the dark.




Florida Gov. Rick Scott took an aerial tour of some impacted areas on Thursday and, hours later, tweeted that he and his wife, Ann, were sheltering 50 Florida Highway Patrol officers in the governor's mansion.

"I don't think we know enough", he said.

FEMA crews have been using bulldozers and other heavy equipment to push a path through debris so rescuers can sift the rubble using specially trained search dogs.

More than 1,700 search and rescue workers have been deployed, Governor Rick Scott's office said in a statement, including seven swift-water rescue teams and almost 300 ambulances.

"We do know that there has been damage to several of our church buildings", Kendrick said.

But judging from the number of homes reduced to "sticks", he said "my sense is they are going to find more victims".

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

Thousands of people have been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, as people look for their friends and relatives.

The National Guard rescued 20 survivors on Wednesday night in Mexico Beach, the Associated Press reported. "It was very bad, and now there's just nothing left".



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