At least 30 killed in four states hit by Hurricane Michael


"There is an urgent need for cleanup, recovery and reconstruction efforts in multiple counties devastated by Hurricane Michael", said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. Mexico Beach was almost leveled by Michael, a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds only a few miles per hour shy of a Category 5. More than 60 percent of cell service remained down in Bay County, which includes the hard-hit Mexico Beach and Panama City areas, the FCC reported on Tuesday.

"If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle", Cathey said to the Associated Press. "It's nothing short of a miracle".

The death toll now stands at 17.

Ford said the medical examiner had determined the 12 deaths were all storm related.

AT&T said it has started offering free credits to people in certain areas through October 21 and will extend them "as conditions require". Long said afterward the storm damage will require officials to help meet housing needs of displaced residents for the next several months.

In Florida, a grim task is unwinding slowly: Finding out how many people were killed in Hurricane Michael.

More than 200,000 people were still without power in the U.S. Southeast, with residents of battered coastal towns such as Port St. Joe, Florida forced to cook on fires and barbecue grills.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Florida's storm-ravaged Panhandle on Monday to survey the destruction caused by deadly Hurricane Michael and said the top priority was food and housing for residents.

One of the bodies was found by a K9 and the other was found with the use of a drone.

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Scott met with Gadsden County officials and "again expresse [d] frustration with Verizon's hurricane response and sa [id] customers should be released from contracts so they can get service from AT&T", Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted today. "It was the dominant carrier, so nobody has the ability to communicate", Marshal Patronis said in the CNN interview. Seven school districts were "closed until further notice", Scott's office said Tuesday.

The storm's ultimate death toll still remained unclear almost a week after the storm. The storm also intensified unexpectedly after making landfall, worsening over North Carolina and creating power outages affecting half a million in Virginia.

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 29 on Tuesday as crews scoured debris for hundreds of people reported missing in the Florida Panhandle, almost a week after the storm flattened whole communities.

Officials said it could be weeks before power returns to the most-damaged areas.

At least 18 people in four states have died because of the storm. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. A sheriff's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the second death confirmed by the state was among those that was being investigated.

Almost 137,000 Florida customers remain without power in an 11-county region that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border, according to information compiled by state emergency management officials.

Mr Trump thanked first responders for their work in the aftermath of the deadly hurricane. He said "maximum effort is taking place, everyone is working very hard".

"I'm staying out here to try to keep away looters, to try to save what I can save", said Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient, who has been living out of a tent and broken-down minivan.

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