The body of a Virginia woman presumed dead after Hurricane Michael was found by a volunteer K-9 rescue team Saturday, bringing the storm’s death toll to 18. As of Friday morning, the total death toll due to Michael was 11, the Associated Press reported. AS the American south still grapples with the effects of Hurricane Michael - the death toll now stands at 17 and flooding continues in many areas - Florida police have revealed a young girl was sexually molested at a community shelter. The government is urging anyone in a disaster zone to check on their neighbors. FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Friday warned that the death toll will likely climb. Michael is the fourth most powerful storm on record to hit the U.S., and the worst since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Rescuers' top priority Friday is a "meticulous" search process, Bowen said, "everything from looking for bodies to looking for injured persons. No personnel assigned to stay there during the storm were injured, the Air Force added. But by Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate. Michael then barreled into the Carolinas, dumping over 9 inches of rain in North Carolina where residents are still reeling from historic flooding left by Hurricane Florence last month. Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach with winds of 155 miles per hour, just shy of a Category 5 hurricane. Four people died in Gadsden County, Florida, said a sheriff's office spokesperson. Michael has left more than 1.3 million households and businesses without power across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Her official cause of death was due to massive blunt force trauma, Seminole County Coroner Chad Smith told ABC News. Hurricane Michael Death Toll at 18 and Climbing The number of dead now stands at 18 as the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is assessed. That brings the death toll from the storm to 19 people in four states. More than 33,000 workers have been mobilized to help restore power, officials said. “Right now, what we need is neighbor helping neighbor,” Long, the FEMA Administrator, said in a statement. HURRICANE AFTERMATH: Row after row of beachfront homes were obliterated by Michael's surging seas and … Hurricane Michael charged through Florida and into Georgia on Wednesday, lashing the Panhandle with rains and heavy winds. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Roberta residents Wayne and Sharon Granade told ABC News they ran inside, slammed the door, got under a couch and held each other. "It comes through like the worst sound you've ever heard in your life," Wayne Granade said. Michael "grew into a monster," Trump said Wednesday from the Oval Office. Michael resulted in significant storm surge that brought feet of water onshore. Rick Scott said. Hurricane Michael, the deadly and heavily destructive storm that ripped through Florida in 2018 was upgraded to a Category 5 storm Friday—a little more than six months after making landfall. Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 13 Spencer Hardy salvages his father-in-law's guitars from the family's destroyed print shop in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, on October 12, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (CNN) At least 36 people have been confirmed dead as a result of Hurricane Michael, according to authorities. At least 17 people lost their lives in the massive storm. Thousands of roads were closed or washed out in several states, but where possible, some people were returning to their homes to evaluate the damage caused by the hurricane.​, You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. One of those deaths was an 11-year-old girl in Georgia. "I hope we don’t see that climb dramatically, but ... we still haven’t gotten into some of the hardest-hit areas," he said. "The worst thing you can do now is act foolishly" by putting yourself in danger or keeping law enforcement from saving lives, he said at a news conference. Two others also died in North Carolina, according to The Associated Press. Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael block a road on Oct. 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Fla. A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle during the eye of Hurricane Michael to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. The AP also reported a body was found in Mexico Beach Friday evening, specifically in that town. There are now empty spots where dozens of homes are no longer standing. An official said as many as 1,100 people are still unaccounted for. Rubble, roads obstructed by floodwaters or downed trees and the lack of power were all making it difficult for authorities to conduct search efforts. he tweeted Friday. Hurricane Michael updates: Death toll rises to 17 as 'tremendous number' unaccounted for in hard-hit Florida October 13, 2018 2 How to help those affected by Hurricane Michael, the strongest US storm since 1969 The most intense storm of the 1969 Atlantic hurricane season, Camille originated as a tropical depression on August 14, south of Cuba, from a long-tracked tropical wave. People look on at a damaged store after Hurricane Michael passed through on Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla. The death toll following deadly Hurricane Michael in the US has risen to 18 and is expected to rise further, as rescuers uncovered another body … After Florida, Michael roared through Georgia, sending a tornado through the tiny town of Roberta, near Macon. There were more than 500,000 people without power there after the storm brought rain, winds and five suspected tornados. "We were terrified but there was nowhere for us to go. "I thought the roof was going to come off. Hurricane Michael has been blamed for at least 17 deaths as of Saturday afternoon, but FEMA officials warn that the death toll may climb. So it’s a terrible thing.". The girl was inside her family's mobile home when the carport crashed through the roof and killed her. Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her home after Hurricane Michael destroyed it on Oct. 11, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. PORT ST. JOE, Fla. - Rescuers used heavy equipment and search dogs on Friday to look for people trapped or killed in the Florida Panhandle towns devastated by Hurricane Michael, amid expectations the death toll of 12 from the powerful storm will climb. We will do everything we can to make sure the federal government does it’s part," the senator tweeted. One piece of good news emerged Monday when Mexico Beach Police Chief Anthony Kelly said the number of … Of those five people, four drowned and one was a firefighter, AP reported. "It will take a long time to recover from this. The resulting catastrophic flash flooding killed 113 people, bringing Camille's total death toll to 256 and making it the 15th deadliest hurricane in U.S. history. Those who remained were urged to shelter in place. Michael resulted in significant storm surge that brought feet of water onshore. There were five deaths in Virginia, four of which were from drowning, state officials said. Figure 1. Hurricane Michael's death toll climbed to 18 on Sunday. It was a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, which one of the reasons it was able to destroy so many structures as it passed through. The fifth death in the state was Lt. Brad Clark, a Hanover County firefighter, who was killed while helping at the scene of a car crash Thursday, according to Hanover Fire-EMS and Virginia State Police. In North Carolina, a 38-year-old man was killed when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, Iredell County officials said. Oct 13. But it happened to us.". Hurricane Michael: Death Toll Rises To 18; More Than 1,000 Still Reported Missing. Besides the widespread destruction, town police … In Virginia, Friday morning, there were five deaths confirmed related to the hurricane, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management reported. Despite the storm, Trump went to his Wednesday night rally in Erie, Pennsylvania. ", "Fire stations were destroyed, police stations were destroyed," Bowen said. "We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit - we are with you!" The total death toll was expected to rise in the days following the hurricane as authorities are able to make their way to areas that were blocked off or destroyed during the storm. Hurricane Michael damaged homes and ravaged Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 11. It was too late," Swab said. Emerging into the Gulf of Mexico, Camille underwent another period of rapid intensif… At least 50 people died as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to the News & Observer, while the death toll from Hurricane Michael was at least 45 deaths, WSFA reported. "It started throwing stuff everywhere. demolishing homes and submerging entire neighborhoods. "But I will confess that my biggest fear that this part of Florida, with its unique & genuine characteristics, will never be the same.". He later spoke about the hurricane during the rally. "Our thoughts and prayers on behalf of the nation to everyone out there in the path of Hurricane Michael," Trump told supporters Wednesday night. At least 34 deaths have been blamed on Hurricane Michael as the recovery continues. In Florida's Gadsden County, there were four Michael-related deaths, the Gadsden County Sheriff's office confirmed Thursday. Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17. Michael is the first major hurricane to blow into Georgia since 1898. ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee said the ruins in Mexico Beach, Florida, were "eerily reminiscent to the scene I saw in Gulfport [Mississippi] in 2005," after Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Michael, a ferocious and historic storm, has killed at least 17 people, left a "tremendous number" of others unaccounted for and left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. ", "Worst situation you can be in," Wayne Granade added. Hundreds of thousands of people in … A 38-year-old man was killed Thursday when a large tree fell on his vehicle on Highway 64, east of Statesville, North Carolina, Iredell County Fire Marshal David Souther said, CNN reported. To continue reading login or create an account. The Carolinas were followed by Virginia, where the weakened storm still wreaked havoc, flooding roads, downing power lines and killing at least five. Hurricane Michael, a ferocious and historic storm, has killed at least 17 people, left a "tremendous number" of others unaccounted for and left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. The Florida Panhandle is the wide strip in the northwest corner of the state bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south and Alabama and Georgia to the north. Days after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle, the death toll has climbed to at least 18.. By Agence France-Presse Mexico Beach, United States. As cleanup and rescue efforts were underway Thursday, Gov. He described Mexico Beach as an "old old Florida town" that "feels like a trip back in time," and Panama City as "a vibrant seaside city" popular for families and students to vacation. ", "You hear the train noise and it sounds like bombs exploding," Sharon Granade said. Hurricane Michael death toll at 17; search and rescue ops on Hurricane Michael: Widespread catastrophic damage in Florida in numbers Michael: Most violent US hurricane since 1969 Officials expected the number of people killed by the storm to go higher as crews sifted through the … ... An enormous amount of 911 calls are going unresponded to because we’ve got this priority to search and rescue. Zee said she saw an "entire home, a well-built home, rolling down the street.". Oct. 11 (UPI) — The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to six on Thursday as about a million people were without power in six states. By ... 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. The Hurricane Michael death toll continues to climb three months after the storm. Located in a favorable environment for strengthening, the storm quickly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane before striking the western part of Cuba on August 15. It would have been very unfair," Trump told reporters when asked about whether he was thinking of canceling it. We couldn't get on the roads. That brings the death toll in Florida to 23. CNN Video. In Georgia, an 11-year-old girl, Sarah Radney, was killed when part of a metal carport crashed into her family's trailer in Lake Seminole and struck her in the head, local officials said. Hurricane Michael’s death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? It was really scary ... you can hear the trees breaking. Trump said he will visit Florida and Georgia next week. Its largest city is Pensacola, with a population approaching half a million. The number rose Saturday after a … President-elect Joe Biden gets COVID-19 vaccine, Nashville bombing suspect killed in explosion: FBI, 5 women and girls found dead in possible homicide: Police, 'Joe Biden is the properly elected president': Maryland governor, New Year's Eve storm to move across US with heavy snow, winds, severe thunderstorms. Michael left the coastal community of Mexico Beach destroyed, with the storm surge ripping multiple houses from their foundations, sending them bobbing along the main road that runs through the town. Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969. "It sounded like a freight train coming from every direction," Krista Miller, who stayed behind in her 111-year-old home in Apalachicola Bay, told "Good Morning America.". where dozens of homes are no longer standing. "Public safety agencies are only taking highest priority calls right now ... heart attacks, you know, major trauma. At least 26 people died as a result of Michael in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. Residents can register for federal assistance at disasterassistance.gov. The storm was one of the strongest to hit the country in years. That’s in addition to at least 10 deaths from the storm elsewhere across the South. See why nearly a quarter of a million subscribers begin their day with the Starting 5. “We deploy resources and responders, but we know often times it is neighbors who are the first people to help those in need.”. In Mexico Beach "a tremendous number of people" are "unaccounted for," Mark Bowen, chief of emergency services in Bay County, which encompasses Mexico Beach, told "Good Morning America" Friday. The hurricane blasted into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, demolishing homes and submerging entire neighborhoods. Michael is the fourth most powerful storm on record to hit the U.S., and the worst since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Hurricane Michael, a ferocious and historic storm, has killed at least 17 people, left a "tremendous number" of others unaccounted for and left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. The devastation Hurricane Michael brought to the United States this week is apparent to anyone who has seen photos of the aftereffects of the storm, and for all who were anywhere near the storm's path. Colleen Swab, her mother and her young daughter took shelter in a closet in Panama City Beach, Florida. The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018, in Saint Marks, FLa. A bedroom of a destroyed house is pictured following Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018. I don't suggest trying to ride out a storm.". The Jackson County, Florida, sheriff's office also reported three dead in the county, but did not specify any causes of death. ABC News' Ginger Zee, Anne Flaherty, Kenneth Moton, Will Gretsky, Julia Jacobo, Meghan Keneally, Victor Oquendo, Jason Volack, Morgan Winsor and Scott Withers contributed to this report. Officials believe Michael is one of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in U.S. history behind only Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the Florida Keys Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Tyndall Air Force Base, located 12 miles east of Panama City, suffered "severe damage to the base infrastructure," the Air Force said. Democrats and Liberals Must Get Back To Economic Basics, Democrats Must Emphasize Boldness, Not Moderation, Hurricane Michael: Aerial Photos of Mexico Beach, Hurricane Season Still Isn't Over, It Ends in November, Hurricane Michael Destroys Cotton Crop of 'Lifetime'. Hurricane Michael: Death toll rises to 11 in wake of Hurricane Michael's rampage. The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued more than 60 people an assisted nearly 300 by Friday evening, it said in a press release. "It sounded like a freight train coming from every direction,", (MORE: Images, video show Michael's destruction: 'All I can see is devastation'), more than 1.3 million households and businesses without power, (MORE: How hurricanes form, explained by ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee). But authorities warn that there will likely be more bodies discovered as rescue workers dig through the rubble left by the storm. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive. With cell service knocked out, many people are isolated. Its hurricane-force winds were able to rip apart structures. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted he was hearing "stunning" reports of damage, including that "Mexico Beach is gone" and the "damage in Panama City is catastrophic.". Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, Wednesday afternoon, and as it tracked through the state and up to Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, it destroyed structures and took lives. Mexico Beach took the hardest punch from Michael when the storm made landfall five days ago. Before Michael hit, law enforcement made a list of everyone in the small Mexico Beach community who stayed behind. Its hurricane-force winds were able to rip apart structures. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 mph, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992. 2018. Scott urged residents to stay off the roads. The death toll from Hurricane Michael has risen to at least 17 with fears it would continue to climb Saturday as search-and-rescue teams scour the debris of … (MORE: How to help those affected by Hurricane Michael, the strongest US storm since 1969), (MORE: The 'scary-looking' view of Hurricane Michael from the International Space Station), (MORE: Why we’re stuck with an inadequate hurricane rating system), storm surge ripping multiple houses from their foundations. Michael is the fourth most powerful storm on record to hit the U.S., and the worst since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Popular with tourists for its beaches, the area also has many year-round residents. It is also the first Category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, and "the worst storm" that area has ever seen, Florida Gov. We're receiving updates from both the District 14 and District 2 medical examiners. Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power Friday as the remnants of Michael headed out to the Atlantic. "Everybody thinks it ain't gonna happen to you. President Donald Trump has approved major disaster declarations in Florida and Georgia. "We have thousands of people lined up. As of Friday morning, the total death toll due … A roof collapses following Hurricane Michael on Oct. 11, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla. Bo Lynn's Market starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Fla. People seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla. A man walks near a damaged apartment building following Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. Thousands fled the Florida coastline before Michael hit. Hurricane Camille was the second most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the United States.

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