People Are Missing From Florida Town Hit By Hurricane Michael

Katie Ramirez
October 16, 2018

Hurricane Michael, a "major" Category 3 storm, was becoming "better organized" and is forecast to intensify as it barrels towards Florida's Gulf Coast, where it's expected to make landfall, officials said.

"If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle", Al Cathey, mayor of Mexico Beach, a town of about 1,000, told Florida media.

"People's livelihoods depend on the crops that they have", Chris Chandler, an adjuster with Alfa Insurance in Alabama, told NPR.

MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said in a press release: "Just as other states have responded to our requests through EMAC to bolster our disaster response and recovery operations in MA, including the response to the September 2018 natural gas pipeline incident in the greater Lawrence area, we are able to support Florida as it deals with the impacts of Hurricane Michael".

"I would say every single school in Bay County has some type of damage, some more extensive than others", said Steve Moss, vice chairman of Bay District School Board. "You don't want to put a rush on a thorough rescue".

As of Sunday evening, as many as 183,000 Floridians remained without power. Rollins added that he's never seen a storm like this one. Almost 2,000 law-enforcement officials have been sent into the Panhandle.

Florida's Panama City, along with the small seaside resort of Mexico Beach, were left particularly devastated, with thousands of homes and businesses destroyed.

In Panama City, the fire department has received more than 200 calls for checks on residents, but there are no resources to perform them, Fire Chief Alex Baird said.

Scott thanked Trump for assisting the state as they responded to storm victims and worked to recover. "They might have lost their house".

"When state and local officials tell you to get out, dang it, do it. Get out", he said.

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No serious injuries were reported, however, and police said the victims refused medical attention. The Upper East Side Republican Club where McInnes spoke was vandalized before Friday's event.

Traffic lights remained out yesterday, with police directing traffic at intersections, and lines at the few gas stations that were open were five to six cars deep. Several trees came down on their property, including one that smashed through the roof.

"It's a handsome place, we have a lot of memories here", said Brandy Wood Jenson, owner of The Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach.

Michael made landfall in Florida before tearing into southern Georgia and moving through the Carolinas and Virginia. Some barely escaped with their lives as homes were pushed off their foundations and whole neighbourhoods became submerged.

Hector Morales, a 57-year-old restaurant cook, never even thought of evacuating.

Nanya Thompson, 68, of Lynn Haven, said of the president: "He's doing this, I believe, to project a different image of himself because of all the bad publicity he's had". "But I made it".

Fears were mounting for those who did not heed evacuation orders before Hurricane Michael bulldozed large swaths of Florida's Panhandle, and residents in the hardest-hit areas grew increasingly desperate for provisions.

Though he won't be stumping himself, it is clear numerous other functions of the campaign will continue unimpeded.

One who did, Albert Blackwell, was preparing on Saturday to cover holes in the roof of his apartment and take a chain saw to trees that fell and broke his windows just outside Panama City. "I love this place, we'll fix it".

Governor Charlie Baker authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to send the team after a request for assistance from Florida came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, MEMA said in a statement. Searchers were trying to determine if the person found dead in Mexico Beach had been alone or was part of a family.

Officials, meanwhile, set up distribution centers outside big stores such as Wal-Mart and Publix to pass out food and water to victims.

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