Officials worry Hurricane Michael death toll could rise as crews struggle to access hard-hit areas


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With two people killed in the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, officials warned the number was likely to rise as search crews struggled to gain access to ravaged areas and sift through the piles of debris.

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, Wednesday just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, with winds gusting at 155 mph. While the storm weakened through the night as it passed over Georgia, it still proved deadly in that state.

“Unfortunately in these types of things as we go through and sift through damage, ultimately those who didn’t heed warnings, particularly around the Mexico Beach area, we typically see deaths climb unfortunately,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said on CBS Thursday.

Elisha Fieldstadt
2018-10-11 14:09:00

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