Almost 50 People Missing in Florida After Hurricane Michael Ravages Beachfront Town

Almost 50 People Missing in Florida After Hurricane Michael Ravages Beachfront Town

Almost 163,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the U.S. Southeast, with residents of battered coastal towns forced to cook on fires and barbecue grills. The route also took him near Tyndall Air Force Base, which was damaged by the storm.

Bay County includes Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town of 1,000 people that was almost obliterated, as well as Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City and Lynn Haven, all of which were heavily damaged.

With top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Wednesday.

As President Donald Trump visited the devastated zone on Monday, the death toll from Michael's march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17, and the search for victims continued.

Scott noted yesterday as he toured the area for a third day with Long that "one of the most frustrating problems is telecommunications". Indirect deaths, which are typically more frequent, often happen during preparations and cleanup, including when someone slips and falls off a roof or dies of poisoning from carbon monoxide produced by a generator. "We seen all the debris, trees, pieces of everything".

Telecom regulators have repeatedly pressed for the companies to act quickly to restore cell service in the wake of the storm, which left hundreds of thousands without power in the region and killed more than a dozen people.

Meanwhile, with power poles and lines down everywhere, power crews were hard at work trying to fix the damage. Gee's grandmother, who is in her 80s, had evacuated before the storm.

The US Air Force has also confirmed that an unknown number of aircraft, including some of its F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, were damaged when the hurricane mauled Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week.

"Due to these outages, families are having a hard time communicating with loved ones, first responders have faced challenges communicating and people are having difficulty getting their prescriptions filled because of the inability to connect to a network", his office said. He said they often went the extra mile to add more concrete - especially in corners.

"You're a great Governor".

I am therefore joining Gov. Scott in calling on wireless carriers to waive the bills of Floridians in these affected areas for the month of October and to allow them to change carriers without penalty.

Scott returned the praise, saying that Trump has always followed through on federal promises of support.

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".

Later Monday afternoon, Trump and Melania visited a Red Cross center and spoke with state and local officials in Warner Robins, Georgia.

The president tweeted before leaving the White House that he will meet with law enforcement and government officials aiding the massive recovery effort. "We are with you!"

Several churches were heavily damaged by the hurricane.

As of Monday night, the storm-related death toll for Michael had climbed to 18-including three in North Carolina-and President Donald Trump had traveled to Florida and Georgia to survey the damage caused by the storm.

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