Hopes fade for more hurricane survivors

Weakening Hurricane Michael Swirls Over North Carolina in Satellite Images

US hurricane leaves homes unmoored, power lines damaged

But the all-volunteer group CrowdSource Rescue said its search teams were trying to locate more than 2,100 people.

FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long said Friday morning that the death toll from Hurricane Michael is likely to go up as rescue workers are able to venture more deeply into the areas devastated by the storm.

Florida Governor Rick Scott accompanied the National Guard on Saturday to survey the devastation by air, centering on the counties of Franklin, Holmes, Washington and Gadsden, in the northwestern part of the state, where Michael made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, reports Efe news. Because its policies are in the highest-risk areas of the state, its average policy costs almost $2,600 annually with a range from about $3,600 in Miami and the Florida Keys to about $1,700 in Taylor County, not far from where Michael hit. "Buildings ripped apart. There was actually a Dollar General store where the front wall and the roof were all ripped off, but you could perfectly see the aisles of the store, but none of the walls were there", Studebaker said. "Some have evacuated, and we have been messaging back and forth with OnStar (the car-based emergency communication and navigation system). It's going to take some time for them to get back on their feet". "You know, people don't sit and have a whole bunch of extra money in the bank just waiting for a disaster". Numerous 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm.

On Saturday, rescue crews heard cries for help and crowbarred into a mobile home crumpled by the storm in Panama City, freeing a mother and daughter, both diabetics who had been trapped in a closet without insulin for two days and were on the verge of diabetic shock, rescuers said. "I will not recall you and your families until we can guarantee your safety", Colonel Brian Laidlaw said in a statement.

Neighboring Panama City was hit just as hard as Mexico Beach.

The storm roared ashore as a Category 4 storm, becoming the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in over 50 years, and by early Friday it wasn't over yet: a tropical storm long after Wednesday's landfall, Michael stubbornly kept up its punch while barreling up the Southeast, dumping heavy rains and spreading flash flooding as far away as Virginia.

Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs.

Weakening Hurricane Michael Swirls Over North Carolina in Satellite Images

Hector Morales, a 57-year-old cook, never thought of evacuating. "I'm not going anywhere until they bring him out", she said. "But I made it". Many survivors told of hunkering down in their homes as they were torn apart by the 150 miles per hour winds.

About 300 people stayed behind in the city, despite evacuation pleas.

One who did, Albert Blackwell, was preparing today to cover holes in the roof of his apartment and take a chain saw to trees that fell and broke his windows just outside Panama City.

"I'm the idiot that rode it out here in this place", said Blackwell, 65, sweat dripping from his face. He doesn't plan to leave; he wants to protect his home from looters.

Government and private relief centers were opening up to provide badly needed food, water and other aid to people whose lives were upended by the monster storm.

A second website has also been set up for residents impacted by the storm to check in and let others know they are safe.

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