missing PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (AP) – rescue teams blasted areas of Florida’s Panhandle on Tuesday for hundreds of people, almost a week after the Hurricane Michael as missing registered flattened villages in the region and killed at least 27.
file photo: search and rescue crew members shall apply in addition to property damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, United States of America 11 October 2018 REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman / file photo
Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of Houston CrowdSource-based rescue, which had hundreds of volunteers on the ground, 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 more than 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family, have sought.
Florida officials have given no number to be missing apply for how many people.
debris, fallen trees and power lines have hindered access to the stranded people, but said CrowdSource led a number of his missing person reports of widespread mobile phone and power outages.
the death toll includes 17 in Florida, in Georgia, three in North Carolina and Virginia, according to a Reuters tally of official reports. Officials said were medical examiners to determine whether another four deaths in Florida by the storm were one.
Michael rammed the Northwest coastline of Florida last Wednesday with top winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour), unleashing a wave of sea water, the houses demolished.
in Mexico Beach, of a direct hit, some residents back to the overview of the damage took some surprising discoveries made.
which pushed storm on the top floor of the Charles and Janice Anderson of apartment hundreds of yards from the founding – with the intact living room and a stuffed Marlin on the wall hanging Palm Beach County.
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who are missing most of Panama City and many impoverished elderly, disabled, or live alone, said Marchetti.
“The most severe disasters are usually our most vulnerable populations,” he said.
in Mexico Beach, 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.
“It’s a miracle, if all we have is two deaths,” said Mayor Al Cathey Mexico beach.
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.
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.
which is State Government distribute ice, water, and about 3 million ready-to-eat meals, said Governor Rick Scott.
Marchetti said that the search by spotty cell phone coverage in the area devastated was impeded, though authorities make progress in restoring the communication.
many residents expressed also frustration over the slow pace of recovery of wireless networks. On Tuesday asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, mobile service provider, to waive bills for customers by the storm affected.
message from 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