On Saturday, emergency crews will continue descending into the coastal cities in the Panhandle, like Mexico Beach, that were wiped out and will try to reach remote areas that were isolated by downed trees and power poles. "Rescuers have so far been unable to conduct thorough searches there".
The IRS said Friday it's offering relief "to any Major Disaster Declaration area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for either individual or public assistance". "We still haven't gotten into the hardest-hit areas", he said.
Rescue teams were using sniffer dogs in Mexico Beach on Friday in a search for victims who may be buried under the rubble in the debris-strewn community.
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. Rescue teams evacuated hospitals, searched rubble for survivors and dropped emergency supplies from helicopters. "We're starting from scratch, all of us", Plushnik said.
The damage wrought by Hurricane Michael over Mexico Beach, Florida on October 11, 2018.
Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle with maximum sustained winds of 249 kilometers per hour, putting it just below the Category 5 status that tops the scale used to describe the strength and destructive potential of hurricanes.
At least four deaths from the storm have been confirmed in Florida, five in Virginia, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina.
Michael was the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since record keeping began in 1851.
About 5,000 United States servicemen were deployed to help with relief and recovery efforts, the Pentagon said, using 100 helicopters and 1,800 high-water vehicles.
FEMA's Long urged communities such as Mexico Beach, where many homes were obliterated by 12 to 3.7 to 4.3 metres of storm surge, to rebuild to withstand future storms.
"It's OK if you want to live on the coast or on top of a mountain that sees wildfires or whatever, but you have to build to a higher standard", he said.
As of Thursday evening, more than 900,000 homes and businesses in the country's southeast region had no electricity.
TV station WLOS reported more than 40 roads had to be closed in the county due to flooding and 18 people had to be rescued, including one involving an SUV whose driver "found her vehicle floating" when she tried driving through flood waters.
Dough Shelby looks from his house to the destruction in Mexico Beach.
"It was the flawless beach town".
"It's a wipeout", he said on Friday, adding that he plans to sell up.
"I was going to stay here until it turned to a Cat 4", he said. "It was bad, and now there's just nothing left".