Search under way for victims of deadly US Hurricane

Submitted by Sharon to WCTV  Tallahassee Florida

Submitted by Sharon to WCTV Tallahassee Florida

Dominion Energy reported power outages throughout much of Hampton Roads early Friday morning after the remnants of Hurricane Michael passed through the area.

Imagery posted on an interactive map was taken by NOAA's Remote Sensing Division to support homeland security and emergency response needs after the storm.

The number of dead was expected to rise, but authorities scrapped plans for setting up a temporary morgue, indicating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years.

Search teams - working by air, boat and on the ground - have entered Panama City, Mexico Beach, Alligator Point, Eastpoint, St. George Island and Apalachicola.

An overturned trailer home damaged by Hurricane Michael is pictured in Springfield, Florida.

So far six people have been reported killed as Michael, downgraded to a tropical storm, raced across the Carolinas toward Virginia, a day after hitting the Florida panhandle Wednesday morning as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of up to 155 miles per hour.

That brings the total number of United States deaths related to the storm to at least 11. Note that it may be easier to navigate the site from a desktop computer instead of a mobile device.

"I think you're going to see it climb", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said of the death count at a news conference.

A man outside Tallahassee, Florida, was killed by a falling tree was the first of "four storm-related fatalities" announced by the Gadsden County Sheriff's office.

A Mexico Beach resident who rode out the hurricane described the impact of the storm surge to CNN.

Five deaths were reported in Virginia as of Friday morning, bringing the total casualty count to at least 13 with other victims claimed in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Since Tropical Storm Michael crossed into Virginia, the Virginia State Police have responded to dozens of calls for traffic crashes, stranded vehicles, downed trees, debris in the roadway and flooded highways.

Six Florida counties remain under curfews, as work crews try to push debris off of roads so utility and emergency crews can start to fix the damage and reach people who need help after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S.

By 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT) Thursday it had been downgraded to a tropical storm with 50-mph (85-kph) winds as it pushed through Georgia into the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Center said. More than 380,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm. Similar scenes played out in parts of Virginia as the storm raced seaward. And while forecasters said Michael was gradually losing its tropical traits, it was a new chapter would begin as an extratropical storm predicted to intensify with gale force winds once it starts cross out into the Atlantic.

So far, she says she has lost a chicken coop and four of six of gardens due to Michael's fallout. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit the girl in the head.

Some 20 hours after making landfall, Michael still poses flash flooding threats to parts of Georgia, the Carolinas, and southeastern Virginia.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows. "From satellite and radar monitoring, to computer models of track and intensity, and to dissemination of warnings by the NWS, private forecasters, the media, and local and national emergency managers, many lives were saved".

While we might not get more storms in a warmer climate, most studies show storms will get stronger and produce more rain.

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