Hur­ri­cane Michael’s Death Toll Rises to 17, Dev­as­ta­tion Left in Sev­eral States

More than 1 mil­lion without elec­tric­ity

Fiji Sun - - World News -

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.

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