President Trump to visit storm-ravaged areas

Posted October 13, 2018

The Army Corps of Engineers is sending in generators to help get power to storm-ravaged areas, and teams to start clearing debris and begin building temporary roofs. In the Gulf of Mexico, if a hurricane goes over one of those deep warm pools - like Katrina did, like Rita did - it will blow up.

Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town almost obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm's fury became ever clearer.

"Along a canal and the beach, foundations mark where homes once stood".

About 800,000 houses have no electricity and roughly 300 people are said to have evacuated to shelters.

Numerous 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm.

Scott said he talked to Trump early Thursday.

The Talmadge Bridge on USA 17 over the Savannah River between Savannah, Georgia and SC remains closed because of the threat of high winds on the suspension bridge. The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence less than a month ago.

Where has Hurricane Michael hit so far?

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About 3,500 Florida National Guard troops were deployed, along with more than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel, Governor Rick Scott said.

Among those brought to safety were nine people rescued by helicopter from a bathroom of their Panama City home after their roof collapsed, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges said. They're also trying to figure out the extent of damage to roads and bridges.

The storm forced the closure of Interstate 10 west of Tallahassee, requiring some rescue crews to take alternate routes west from staging areas.

And in Virginia, the storm produced a handful of tornadoes and deaths as it made its way through the state and off into the Atlantic.

Aja Kemp, 36, planned to stay in her mobile home in Crawfordville. Authorities have been unable to fully assess the damage due to debris blocking roadways, and cell service is unavailable in some areas. Forecasters say strong winds are still possible in parts of northeastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, and the Delmarva Peninsula (which is divided between Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware).

Michael is now moving northwards at 12mph.

Overnight, Michael is producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding in portions of western Cuba as a tropical storm.

Emergency crews work to clear a street of debris during Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida, on October 10, 2018.

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A landscape that once drew vacationers to secluded beaches was littered with refrigerators, toilets and staircases no longer connected to houses. The storm went from a depression to a serious storm in less than a week.

Hurricane Michael has passed through Florida, but the damage has been done.

Victims identified: The dead include four people in Florida, a child in Georgia and a man in North Carolina.

"I expect the fatality count to climb today and tomorrow", Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told CNN.

At least two people in the region were reported killed by trees that fell on their homes after Michael's hurricane-force winds pummeled the area.

Six Florida counties remain under curfews, as work crews try to push debris off of roads so utility and emergency crews can start to fix the damage and reach people who need help after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S.

Some of the worst damage was in Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds and a storm surge of 9 feet (2.7 meters). The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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