Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

Boats lay among the debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael Boats lay among the debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael
Elijah Vega | 15 October, 2018, 23:34

In the virtually leveled oceanside town of Mexico Beach, search-and-rescue crews made two passes through the rubble and continued searching Saturday.

Gov. Rick Scott said state officials still "do not know enough" about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region.

Gee had thought her grandmother and other two relatives had evacuated before the Category 4 storm with 155 miles per hour winds made landfall in Mexico Beach and roared across Florida's Panhandle into Georgia, flattening trees and damaging structures in its wake.

The North Carolina city of Greensboro says flooding from Tropical Storm Michael caused more than 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater to overflow from its facilities. I want to thank you.

Traffic lights remained out yesterday, with police directing traffic at intersections, and lines at the few gas stations that were open were five to six cars deep.

"This was comparable to Andrew, there's no question", Alvarez said, referring to the 1992 Category 5 storm that destroyed more than 63,000 homes in South Florida.

"What's taking up most of your time right now just gaining access to some of these areas", said Panama City Fire Chief Alex Baird. "It tells me the windows were not impact-resistant, which is one of the most basic things we tell owners of buildings they need to do", he said. They worry about their kids getting into school.

Hundreds of patients were taken Friday to hospitals across Florida and as far away as Mobile, Alabama, in a parade of ambulances and medical helicopters.

In Panama City Beach, churches are ready to help, even though they weren't spared destruction. Several trees came down on their property, including one that smashed through the roof. "We are working safely and aggressively around the clock to get the lights back on".

The number of fatalities could rise into the double digits in Panama City and surrounding communities alone, Collier said. Some barely escaped with their lives as homes were pushed off their foundations and whole neighbourhoods became submerged. "I was picking three bale cotton (this week); today it is gone", cotton farmer and state Rep. Clay Pirkle said. "But I made it". It was unclear how numerous others might have got out at the last minute.

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Like Scott, Nelson has spent much of the week since the storm in the Panhandle, providing updates on the state and federal response from the ground.

It was unclear how many people were missing.

In the meantime, residents are doing what they can to restore it. Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City sustained some damage in the storm, so the church held its Sunday morning service outside.

"I'm the idiot that rode it out here in this place", said Blackwell, 65, sweat dripping from his face.

Scott said he's gotten everything he's asked for from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and has spoken with Trump "almost every day".

Mr Zahralban said searchers were trying to determine if that person had been alone or was part of a family.

Officials, meanwhile, set up distribution centers outside big stores such as Wal-Mart and Publix to pass out food and water to victims.

President Donald Trump plans to visit Florida and Georgia on Monday to see the damage.

Trump tweeted before leaving the White House accompanied by his wife, Melania, that he will meet with law enforcement and government officials aiding the massive recovery effort.

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