So far, the death toll stands at 18 people after Michael roared ashore Wednesday in Mexico Beach as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds and destructive storm surge.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday that the damage caused by the storm is “indescribable and unprecedented,” and that about 1,700 search-and-rescue personnel have checked 25,000 homes.
Lavonia Fortner helps her father-in-law, John E. Fortner, search for memorabilia his wife collected, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
Patients have been evacuated from eight hospitals in the disaster zone as of Friday, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. The Capital Regional Medical Center, located in Tallahassee, was at full capacity on Saturday after receiving patients from Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City.
In Mexico Beach, which bore the brunt of Michael’s strongest winds and highest storm surge, one body was found Saturday in the rubble. Searchers were trying to determine if the person had been alone or was part of a family, according to the Associated Press. As of Sunday, at least 200,000 customers in Florida are still in the dark across 11 counties.
President Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next week, but didn’t say what day he would arrive. On Saturday he approved federal disaster aid relief for four Alabama counties affected by the storm.
“We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit – we are with you!” he tweeted Friday.