Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

Michael struck Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon with top sustained winds of 250 km/h, pushing a wall of seawater inland and causing widespread flooding.

"There are individuals who are deceased".

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 32 kilometres northwest of Mexico Beach.

Of the 17 killed in the storm, eight were located in Florida.

Zahralban spoke as his team - which included a dog - was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 miles per hour winds.

The army, national guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working on the ground, but FEMA has warned of a rising death toll.

"We still haven't gotten into the hardest-hit areas", he said, adding with frustration: "Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson".

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach.

Mexico Beach Mayor Bo Patterson estimated 1,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in his town of 3,500 people. Search teams were going door-to-door looking for victims.

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Stephanie Murphy, who is with the Canadian Red Cross, recently returned from relief efforts in North Carolina.

Vehicle under rubble following Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida. This is pretty extensive, the damage. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.

Hurricane Andrew killed 44 people in South Florida when it made landfall near Homestead on August 24, 1992. "So I followed the mandatory evacuation order and left with my wife".

"I was going to stay here until it turned to a Cat 4", he said. ". But I made it". "People will just pack up and leave".

In addition, the result of a powerful hurricane hit the city of Panama city in Florida. Many survivors told of hunkering down in their homes as they were torn apart by the 150 miles per hour winds. "So many families have lost everything". "I have been up since 3:30 or 4 a.m. emailing and checking on staff to see if they are safe". The roof caved in and the living room and garage of his parents' home no longer exist. "Just cleaning the yard", Katia Coonan said. "I'm literally shocked at the scale of the destruction". She was shaking extremely bad. The spokeswoman wasn't able to give a day or time when lights will be on in the city.

Search and rescue operations continue and a long road to rebuilding, and recovery, has begun after Hurricane Michael devastated communities across the Southeast.

Michael charged ashore near the small Florida Panhandle town of Mexico Beach as one of the most powerful storms in US history, with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).

Aluminium siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees.

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