Florida prisons damaged by hurricane

Weakening Hurricane Michael Swirls Over North Carolina in Satellite Images

Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises to 13

Rescue teams, hampered by power and telephone outages, were going door to door and using cadaver dogs, drones and heavy equipment to hunt for people in the rubble in Mexico Beach and other Florida coastal communities, such as Port St Joe and Panama City.

In Hanover County, a firefighter died and four others were injured, including three seriously, after a tractor trailer crashed into them as they tried to help with another crash involving two vehicles along Interstate 295 outside Mechanicsville, Va.

ASSOCIATED PRESS People line up for free food and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

A K9 rescue team discovered the remains of a missing Charlotte County woman Saturday morning, increasing the death toll from Tropical Storm Michael to six in Virginia, according to state police. But authorities scrapped plans to set up a temporary morgue, suggesting they had yet to see mass casualties.

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.

Virginia authorities said they had confirmed five deaths there and had one person still missing Friday. Some supplies were brought in by trucks, while others had to be delivered by helicopter because roads had yet to be cleared of debris.

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".

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"I didn't recognise nothing".

"It's like our lives are gone, everything we have is gone now", he said.

When she went back to the hotel where she took shelter from the storm, she found out she could no longer stay there either because of mold. "An enormous amount of 911 calls are going unresponded to because we've got this priority to search and rescue".

"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.

In one community, Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged. "We had furniture in our house that wasn't even our furniture".

"We are with you!" he tweeted. Some barely escaped with their lives as homes were pushed off their foundations and whole neighbourhoods became submerged. About 1,700 search and rescue personnel have checked 25,000 homes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former emergency management chief for the state of Florida, said "this is what we expect with storm surge and high wind events".

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Long expressed worry that people have suffered "hurricane amnesia".

“I tell you what, Ill never do that again, ” he said.

"You're an idiot!" the man shouted back.

Some residents were packing up and getting as far away as they could.

The hurricane's eyewall passed directly overhead, severely damaging almost every building and leaving many a complete loss.

"We recognize the devastation this historic storm caused for many taxpayers, and IRS employees stand ready to support the disaster recovery effort as they have done many times in the past", IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the news release.

Communications outages and roads blocked by downed trees, strewn power lines and debris made it hard to get an overall assessment of the damage wrought by Michael, but the initial picture was grim.

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