Hurricane Michael Death Toll May Rise as Rescue Efforts Continue

Hurricane Michael: Death Toll Rises To 18; More Than 1,000 Still Reported Missing

The Florida Democrat said that older buildings on the base were demolished, while newer structures are in need of substantial fix.

Mayor Al Cathey estimated 250 residents stayed behind when the hurricane struck, and he said he remained hopeful about their fate.

"If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle", Cathey said. Residents have been waiting in long lines to collect bottled water and ready-to-eat meals (MREs) at several distribution centers.

With no power and with spotty cellphone service, residents still unaccounted for could be trapped in isolated areas, according to Baird.

A framed portrait of Jesus was propped Sunday facing out of the window of Diana Hughes' home in Mexico Beach.

Her husband, Steven, was killed when an oak tree smashed their home in Gretna, Florida, and landed on top of him.

Hope that more people will be found alive is fading in the Florida Panhandle, according to USA officials.

Hours after Hurricane Michael left her home in ruins, Gayle Sweet refused to leave.

"Looking in the debris, seeing photos of grandkids, people that we know that have come back here year after year, that's the emotional side", he said. "We need food. It's just insane".

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to visit Florida and Georgia on Monday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Michael.

About 190,000 electric customers lacked power Sunday afternoon in 11 panhandle counties, including almost all in Gulf and Calhoun counties, according to the state.

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Meanwhile, 750,000 homes and businesses continue to be without power in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

Many people across the Panhandle are struggling to meet some of their basic needs.

"When we look away from climate change, we look away from people in harm's way, and now we are living with consequences that are tragic".

"We now have a human-remains dog because we did a search of the area", Ms. Palmer said. "There was a girl that had trapped horses, horses that were down, and horses that really needed vet care that could not get there".

In Mexico Beach, Florida, the tiny Gulf of Mexico coastal hamlet virtually wiped off the USA map by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael, the reality of the long path to recovery is becoming apparent. He also said that some of the hangars were damaged severely.

No details were released on who was stranded and what sort of help was needed. The Florida Democrat and member of the Armed Services Committee said older buildings on the base were demolished, while newer ones will need substantial repairs.

More than 1,460 searchers and support staff were on the ground in the panhandle, concentrated in the five most-affected counties, FEMA said. But he gave no information on how many planes were on the base during the storm or how many were damaged. Utility poles were bent, snapped and dangling limply from wires throughout Mexico Beach and nearby areas hammered by the storm. A neighbor's home across the street got shoved off its foundation. It was just a small wooden block shifting in the sand beneath the weight of the front end of Lonigan's camper trailer. He said he didn't want to leave his collection of Gone with the Wind dishes and antique dolls. "Doing everything they can to get stuff done", Ethan Studebaker said. "We were able to sleep in the bedroom last night".

"This (storm) hit so hard and so fast that the different aspects of human nature is going to come out, and people are going to do anything to survive", Panama City resident Christopher Donahue told CNN affiliate WEAR-TV. Afterward, the church held a large cookout for the storm-weary.

With Trump set to visit both Florida and Georgia this week, the president is coming under growing criticism from advocacy groups and lawmakers for spending time at his golf club and holding campaign-style rallies as dozens remain missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and millions desperately struggle to recover in the storm's wake.

The facilities sustained significant roof damage, as well as damage to infrastructure critical for security.

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