US areas devastated by Hurricane Michael last week continue to cost the storm as the number of confirmed deaths increases.
At least 27 deaths attributed to hurricane in four US states
A volunteer organization has said that it is trying to find more than 1
The storm destroyed buildings and plagued communities as they raced through the Florida Panhandle region. The missing are said to live in Panama City and are elderly, handicapped or living alone, as co-founder of CrowdSource Rescue Matthew Marchetti from Houston told Reuters ,
This figure has not been ratified by regional officials, and the Florida Department of Health has created an online form where people can report their missing friends and loved ones.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visited the storm-affected region in Florida and Georgia on Monday.
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On Wednesday morning, more than 150,000 homes and businesses were reported without electricity.
There have also been reports of armed looting of homes and businesses in some areas.
Jimmy Stanford, a major at the Bay County Sheriff's Office, said local police have arrested about 10 suspected raiders every night since Friday.
By Hugo Bachega of Panama City Beach
The trail of destruction that Hurricane Michael has left is almost everywhere in Panama Beach City. The destroyed buildings, uprooted trees, twisted signs and billboards …
"Words can not describe it," said one resident.
The streets are busy with workers trying to restore electricity and communications infrastructure, and residents who clean up their homes neighborhoods. It may take a few more days for the primary care to be restored.
Some companies have signs saying "stay out" as armed raiders are said to be active here and there is still a curfew in the area.
Volunteers are searching for 1,000 missing people across the city, according to a rescue team. However, difficulties in accessing hard-hit areas and poor mobile coverage mean they are moving very slowly.
What is the last death rate?
The confirmed deaths increased on the last day when rescue teams combed through damaged areas with dogs.
A Reuters list of official reports states that at least 27 are now dead – including 17 in Florida
Another death has also been confirmed by officials in Georgia, three in North Carolina and six in Virginia.
Florida medical examiners are also expected to assess several other deaths to determine if they were caused by the storm.
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The accounting for these missing persons has been made more difficult Damaged Cell Phone Delivery in Many Areas
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, called the "slow progress" of network operators "unacceptable."
According to the critic Verizon announced Tuesday, it would give its customers in the region three months of free service.
How bad was the storm?
Hurricane Michael was one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the US and struck 250 km / h on Wednesday.
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He landed on Florida's Gulf Coast and moved along the east coast of the United States. He left a trail of destruction.
In Florida, a state of emergency was declared and a similar statement was issued on Sunday in Georgia.
How is the recovery going?
Many people who fled further into the shelters after the hurricane strike made their way home (19659007) The area where the storm hit worst in Florida's panhandle region has no building codes, that are as strict as in other areas of the state.
In Mexico Beach, entire house lines were completely wiped out – an area described as "Ground Zero" for the strong winds and storm surges of the storm.
"Unfortunately, there will be more deaths than people want to admit." Local government representative Halsey Beshears said Monday.
Florida Governor Rick Scott described the area as "a war zone" – ripping houses from their foundations, throwing cars away and tearing trees in half.
Thousands of members of the National Guard were over the (19659007) A spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that around 35,000 people across Florida would have been asking for government support and that more than $ 1 million in funding 12 countries have already been approved. 19659007] The agency says it has already delivered about 4.5 million meals and 5 million liters of water to residents.