More deaths ex­pected as search for Florida sur­vivors con­tinue

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PORT JOE REUTERS 12 OCT 2018 - Res­cuers used heavy equip­ment and search dogs on Fri­day to look for peo­ple trapped or killed in the Florida Pan­han­dle towns dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Michael, amid ex­pec­ta­tions the death toll of 12 from the pow­er­ful storm will climb.

So far, coun­ties along the hard-hit north­west Florida coast have re­ported no deaths re­lated to the storm. That could change, as ef­forts to as­sess dam­age and look for ca­su­al­ties in the worst-hit com­mu­ni­ties have been ham­pered by downed util­ity lines and roads blocked by de­bris and fallen trees.

Res­cuers used heavy equip­ment and search dogs on Fri­day to look for peo­ple trapped or killed in the Florida Pan­han­dle towns dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Michael

The con­cern was for peo­ple who ig­nored evac­u­a­tion or­ders ahead of the storm and stayed put in com­mu­ni­ties that were de­mol­ished by Michael’s fe­roc­ity on Wed­nes­day.

First re­spon­ders and res­i­dents walk along a main street fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane ‘Michael’ in Florida. (REUTERS)

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