PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (AP) — the death toll from Hurricane Michael rose at least 29 Tuesday as crews rubble for hundreds of people in Florida Pfannenstiel reported missing, almost a week after the storm flattened entire communities.
file photo: search and rescue crew members shall apply in addition to property damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Michael rammed the Northwest United States 11 October 2018 REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman / file photo
Coastline from Florida last Wednesday with top winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour), unleashing a wave of sea water, the houses demolished.
hit one of the most powerful storms ever to the continental United States, it has 20 people in the Florida Panhandle, five in Virginia, three in North Carolina and Georgia, according to a Reuters tally of official reports killed.
Rescue, the hundreds of volunteers on the ground had the Houston-based CrowdSource
Matthew Marchetti, co-founder, said that he expected that the death toll would rise further because phone service has been restored and cleared roads.
“for each a person we contact have, there are three likely we don’t,” Marchetti said.
teams of volunteer organization were looking after more than 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family.
debris and fallen trees and power lines have hindered access to the stranded people, but the Group has said a number of his missing person reports resulted from widespread telephone and power outages.
who are missing most of Panama City and many impoverished elderly, disabled, or live alone, Marchetti said.
“the most severe disasters are usually our most vulnerable population groups,” Marchetti said.
in Mexico Beach, a further severely battered coastal town on the body buried in rubble Florida Panhandle where rescue workers with dogs to search, the number of people missing decreased to three on Tuesday, Rex Putnal, a city councilman said. A day earlier, it was more than 30.
the city had reported two deaths on Monday of 1,200 inhabitants.
said “it wonder if everything we have two deaths,” Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey.
almost 190,000 households and businesses remained without power in southeastern United States, with residents of the battered coastal towns forced to cook on fire and barbecue grill.
at least 80 percent of customers in three mainly rural Panhandle counties were without power on Tuesday. Officials said it could take weeks to some voltage is restored.
CAMPING countless others in the region hinterland for days without running water or plumbing, waiting for help by authorities have fought. Some have stored in tents with the belongings, which could save them.
“I’m staying here trying to keep to try what can I save way looters, save”, Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient, from a tent and broken minivan in rural wells, said Florida has lived.
According to Governor Rick Scott, Office
which is State Government distribute ice, water, and about 3 million ready-to-eat meals.
water supply was restored, some residents in Panama City Bay County officials said on Monday but that it is still not safe to drink.
“this kind of life takes you,” said Putnal, the City Council of Mexico beach. “This is my 5th day and I’m just not to wash clothes in a tub with no washing machine and dryer, and eating only peanut butter and jelly of sandwiches.”
mobile phone service on Tuesday again damaged in storm areas, but many residents expressed frustration due to the slow recovery of wireless networks.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday urged to renounce invoices for customers of the storm affected mobile service provider and allow consumers switch carriers without penalties.
(this version of the story corrected spelling of Florida in the second paragraph)
reporting by Brian Snyder; Additional reporting by Terray Sylvester and Bernie Woodall in Florida, Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, Andrew hay in New Mexico, Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee, Jonathan Allen and Gabriella Borter in New York and David Shepardson Washington; Written by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing our standards by Lisa Shumaker, Rosalba O’Brien and James Dalgleish