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Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael damage at Mexico Beach where the storm made landfall Hurricane Michael damage at Mexico Beach where the storm made landfall
Sandy Nunez | 14 October, 2018, 05:58

Mexico Beach, where the hurricane came ashore, suffered massive destruction from the 155 mile per hour (250 kph) winds and several feet (meters) of storm surge.

Large part of the state's panhandle were pulverized by the strong winds and rain, and eight storm-related deaths have been reported in Florida so far.

Nearby Panama City Beach experienced similar damage along with other communities along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

Michael was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. and this Gulf Coast community was in its bullseye.

"It's like a war zone", he said while touring the town of 1,000 people on the Gulf of Mexico.

Zahralban spoke as his team - which included a dog - was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there Wednesday with devastating 155 miles per hour winds.

Florida will give each of the impacted county 200 generators, so they can power their traffic lights, Scott said.

Some supplies were brought in by trucks, while others had to be delivered by helicopter because roads had yet to be cleared of debris.

FEMA crews used heavy equipment, sniffer dogs, drone aircraft and global positioning satellites in their search.

An American flag flies amongst rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. "The best beach in the world". As Greg reports, "The storm blew off much of the roof, but the nightmare, as he calls it, didn't end there".

Entire neighbourhoods in Mexico Beach have been reduced to concrete slabs, many of them covered in sand and debris.

Mexico Beach, close to where Michael made landfall just short of a Category 5 hurricane, was devastated by the storm. A neighbor's home across the street got shoved off its foundation.

"It wasn't going to get this high, realistically". Hanson asked. "This city is destroyed. The whole building is shaking".

Dead babies found hidden in ceiling of former U.S. funeral home
Further police searches of the entire building, including the use of cadaver dogs , did not uncover any other bodies or remains. Authorities said construction workers found the bodies on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on the city's east side.

Numerous 600 families who live there followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated.

Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit that went into the flattened town, said: "We have one confirmed deceased and are working to determine if there are others".

"People have no idea how hard Hurricane Michael has hit the great state of Georgia", he said on Twitter.

The hurricane-force winds were so powerful that they lifted the roof on the hospital's tower, where most of the patients were, and water poured into the facility. As it kept gaining strength, hurricane forecasters said, it "defies traditional logic". As of 6:30 a.m. ET Friday, the post-tropical low was moving northeast across the Atlantic Ocean well off Virginia.

"Seventy-five percent of our city is not here (destroyed)", he said.

President Donald Trump pauses during his meeting to discuss potential damage from Hurricane Michael, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

"I don't think it will ever be the same", said her husband Danny, 64, who is semi-retired. "For me the cotton crop is as bad as it gets". It was an outstanding yield of three bales an acre. He said 3,500 more were helping coordinate efforts from afar.

Even with the worst of the storm now past, flooding remains a threat, as overwhelmed river systems struggle to cope with massive amounts of water.

A man in Florida captured eerie blue skies and sunshine inside the eye of monster Hurricane Michael as it passed over him Wednesday afternoon.

"I didn't recognize nothing", said 25-year-old Tiffany Marie Plushnik, an evacuee who returned to a home in Sandy Creek too damaged to live in.

Of the five deaths in Virginia, four were from drowning, according to member station WVTF.

Among those killed was a firefighter in Hanover County, Virginia, who was hit by a tractor-trailer while assisting with another accident on Interstate 295. Michael's outer bands still could drop up to 3 inches of rain from New Jersey to Long Island to Cape Cod, and up to 5 inches over the MA islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard through Friday afternoon, forecasters said.