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Rescuers Continue to Search Florida Towns Demolished by Hurricane Michael

Destuction inflicted upon Mexico Beach by Hurricane Michael is seen in this image as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico Destuction inflicted upon Mexico Beach by Hurricane Michael is seen in this image as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico
Sandra Phillips | 16 October, 2018, 03:39

And water can be very damaging, and scary, when you see water rising 14 or 15 feet.

At least 18 deaths in four states have been blamed on Michael, which crashed into the Panhandle last Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms on record to hit the continental United States.

Scenes of devastation in Mexico Beach, Florida in the aftermath for Hurricane Michael. More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida were without electricity, along with about 120,000 in Georgia.

They also evacuated 50 to 100 people in a Lynn Haven neighborhood after discovering a gas leak while searching for victims. With Scott at his side, Trump told him: "You're a great governor".

"It's a lovely place, we have a lot of memories here", said Brandy Wood Jenson, owner of The Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach.

"I did not know the force of nature could be this bad", Rollins said.

The President said the biggest thing Monday was "just making sure everyone is safe, that they're fed".

Among the hardest hit areas was Mexico Beach, a Florida panhandle town that the state's Governor Rick Scott said now resembles a war zone.

President Trump visited the hurricane-torn Florida Panhandle on Monday, praising recovery efforts while noting the storm "literally wiped out" some homes. He also said that some of the hangars were damaged severely.

TL;DR Despite the worst of Hurricane Michael being over, Environment Canada has released a warning that the east coast will experience risky winds, heavy rainstorms, and flash flooding until at least Wednesday. Those figures do not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program, AIR Worldwide said.

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Thirty-nine residents now remain unaccounted for in Mexico Beach after category 4 Hurricane Michael roared ashore on the Florida Panhandle; Mike Tobin reports. But the severity of the damage worsened significantly as Trump approached Mexico Beach, a town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map in a direct hit from the hurricane and its 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds last week.

In hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach, crews cleared debris Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm.

The death toll from Michael's destructive march from Florida through Virginia stood at 17, with just one confirmed death in Mexico Beach.

About 200,000 people remained without power in the U.S. Southeast, with residents cooking with fires and barbecue grills during daylight in hard-hit coastal towns such as Port St. Joe, Florida.

The front door of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City was boarded up Friday and water service hadn't been restored but a handmade sign directed patients to the emergency room, which remains operational. Homeowners were advised to keep toilet flushes to a minimum because the sewer system was operating only at half capacity.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said that while power was returning in most areas, at least 85 percent of customers in four mainly rural counties in the Florida Panhandle were without electricity on Monday.

"We've called for maximum relief", he said.

Trump spoke with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and "reiterated that the federal government is fully available", the White House said Saturday. It was announced late on Sunday that he declared a state of emergency in Georgia, freeing up federal resources for the state.

Over the weekend, he made a disaster declaration for Georgia's Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, and Seminole counties.

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