Hurricane Michael’s Death Toll Rises to 17, Devastation Left in Several States
More than 1 million without electricity
The devastation left by Hurricane Michael in several US states is still coming into focus, with coastal Florida cities destroyed beyond recognition and homes, businesses and agriculture torn or swamped from Georgia to Virginia.
More than 1 million customers were left without electricity and emergency officials have no access to many towns.
The US death toll has risen to at least 17 -- including five in Virginia and eight in Florida -- and it’s expected to climb.
“I expect the fatality count to rise today and tomorrow as we get through the debris,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said last Friday morning.
Michael, which smacked Florida’s Panhandle as one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, left Virginia’s coast as a post-tropical low early Friday -- and its trail of destruction will take weeks to take into account.
Aerial footage shows coastal cities in the Panhandle, like Mexico Beach, wiped out.
Search teams used dogs as they combed the area for people killed or trapped in debris. CNN
Devastation in the US State of Florida, left in the wake of Hurricane Michael on October 12, 2018.