Michael's Death Toll rises to 13
The devastation left by Hurricane Michael in several states is still coming into focus, with coastal Florida cities destroyed beyond recognition, and homes, businesses and agriculture torn or swamped inland from Georgia to Virginia.
Hundreds of thousands are left without electricity, and emergency officials have no access to many towns. The US death toll has risen to at least 13— including five in Virginia and four 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 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 posttropical 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. Residents are walking through debris, some assessing the damage and others trying to find food.
Dawn Vickers rode out the storm in Mexico Beach, but her house and vehicles were demolished. Without cell phone service or transportation, she has been taking shelter in one of the few condos left standing, invited by someone she met at what's left of a gas station.
"This has been the worst nightmare I've ever been through in my life," she told CNN on Friday.
A psychiatric hospital in Florida is isolated after downed trees blocked roads around Chattahoochee, and a tree caused a water line to break. The facility is running on power generators, and helicopters have delivered food and water, the state's Department of Children and Families said.