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(CNN)Hurricane Michael’s death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia.

Fears were mounting for those who did not heed evacuation orders before Hurricane Michael bulldozed large swaths of Florida’s Panhandle, and residents in the hardest-hit areas grew increasingly desperate for provisions. Three days after the monster storm, with rescue workers cutting through hulking debris piles in search of survivors, residents formed long lines outside fire stations, schools and Salvation Army food trucks to collect bottled water and ready-to-eat meals.”It’s about to get stupid if people don’t get food and water,” Panama City Assistant Fire Chief Gary Swearingen said Saturday. Some have already resorted to looting, according to CNN affiliate WEAR-TV, because of the lack of resources such as water, electricity and food. Read More”This (storm) hit so hard and so fast that the different aspects of human nature is going to come out, and people are going to do anything to survive,” Panama City resident Christopher Donahue told WEAR. There were also reports of a fatal shooting in Panama City, which authorities said is under investigation. Gov. Rick Scott said in his 6 p.m. update Saturday more than 1,800 law enforcement officers have been sent to impacted areas in the Panhandle and Big Bend along with more than 400 ambulances with over 700 staff. The Florida National Guard has activated 4,000 soldiers and airmen to help with search and rescue, clearing roads and delivering supplies.Two food and water distribution centers have opened, and others are expected, officials said.Scott tweeted Saturday that millions of meals and gallons of water were on the way to affected communities, with food and water being airdropped to the hardest hit counties. Florida National Guard troops distributed four truckloads of water and one truckload of MREs on Saturday. On Friday, two truckloads of water were distributed, each filled with 1,400 cases. Each truckload of MREs contained 1,100 boxes. Scott said Saturday evening there are 15 shelters open across the state and that 11 counties across Florida are eligible for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He also said 243,513 people are without power in Florida. People line up Friday outside a Panama City convenience store in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.People line up Friday outside a Panama City convenience store in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.People line up Friday outside a Panama City convenience store in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.With the death toll from the storm rising to at least 18, the number of those still unaccounted for remains unclear. “Unfortunately, we’re probably still going to find people in the coming weeks,” Panama City Fire Department Battalion Chief David Collier told CNN.The number of fatalities could rise into the double digits in Panama City and surrounding communities alone, Collier said.”We’re not able to gain access to all areas at this point in time,” he said. “The quick response teams … from around the state and nation have done a quick, rapid search of the area, have tried to clear homes the best they can.”In Panama City, the fire department has received more than 200 calls for checks on residents, but there are no resources to perform them, Fire Chief Alex Baird said. Completing the checks could take days or weeks.With no power and with spotty cellphone service, residents still unaccounted for could be trapped in isolated areas, according to Baird. Scott said more than 2,000 of his personnel are working to restore cell service and communication in the impacted areas. In Lynn Haven, a city north of Panama City, Mayor Margo Anderson told CNN affiliate News 13 Orlando through tears that she and the city manager almost died in the city hall building during the storm. “I want the people here to know they are loved. We are going to build this city back. It’s going to be beautiful, and now we have about two months before our power grid’s going to be back up. Probably a few days before we have water, and when we have water it’s not going to be drinkable water,” Anderson said. Majority of school district’s students displacedBay District School Board Vice Chairman Steve Moss assessed the damage at Jinks Middle School in Panama City on Saturday, saying the hurricane will displace students from 25 of the district’s 38 schools — some for months, others for years. That accounts for the majority of the district’s 26,000 students. A statement from Gov. Scott said the district, along with six others across the state, would close until further notice. More than 757,000 customers are still without power in seven states following the storm, which touched down on the Panhandle as one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, leaving a trail of destruction that stretched as far as Virginia.In the virtually leveled oceanside town of Mexico Beach, search-and-rescue crews made two passes through the rubble and continued searching Saturday. About 280 of the town’s 1,200 residents had indicated they would ride out the storm, but several of those likely fled at the last minute when the approaching storm’s devastating strength became clear, Mayor Al Cathey said. At least one person — an elderly man — has been found dead there, and it’s unclear how many are missing.Cathey said he’s been told it could take two months to restore power.”Seventy-five percent of our city is not here (destroyed),” he said. “There’s not one local business that’s operational.”Residents make their way across a washed-out road on Friday, October 12, in Mexico Beach, Florida, a resort town that's been ground zero of the catastrophic hurricane's destruction.Residents make their way across a washed-out road on Friday, October 12, in Mexico Beach, Florida, a resort town that's been ground zero of the catastrophic hurricane's destruction. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionResidents make their way across a washed-out road on Friday, October 12, in Mexico Beach, Florida, a resort town that’s been ground zero of the catastrophic hurricane’s destruction.Hide Caption 1 of 61An aerial view shows the devastation in Mexico Beach on October 12. The small beach resort saw the brunt of Michael, authorities say.An aerial view shows the devastation in Mexico Beach on October 12. The small beach resort saw the brunt of Michael, authorities say. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionAn aerial view shows the devastation in Mexico Beach on October 12. The small beach resort saw the brunt of Michael, authorities say.Hide Caption 2 of 61Dough Shelby looks out at the destruction from his house in Mexico Beach on October 12.Dough Shelby looks out at the destruction from his house in Mexico Beach on October 12. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionDough Shelby looks out at the destruction from his house in Mexico Beach on October 12.Hide Caption 3 of 61Little remains of a burned home destroyed by the hurricane in Mexico Beach on October 12.Little remains of a burned home destroyed by the hurricane in Mexico Beach on October 12. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionLittle remains of a burned home destroyed by the hurricane in Mexico Beach on October 12.Hide Caption 4 of 61Benny Hobson sits in his recliner on Thursday, October 11, after losing the front wall of his house in Panama City, Florida.Benny Hobson sits in his recliner on Thursday, October 11, after losing the front wall of his house in Panama City, Florida. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionBenny Hobson sits in his recliner on Thursday, October 11, after losing the front wall of his house in Panama City, Florida.Hide Caption 5 of 61Storm-damaged boats are piled up in Panama City on October 11.Storm-damaged boats are piled up in Panama City on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionStorm-damaged boats are piled up in Panama City on October 11.Hide Caption 6 of 61Elizabeth Hanson, right, and her daughter Emaly hug their neighbor Cindy Clark on October 11. The hurricane heavily damaged their homes in Mexico Beach.Elizabeth Hanson, right, and her daughter Emaly hug their neighbor Cindy Clark on October 11. The hurricane heavily damaged their homes in Mexico Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionElizabeth Hanson, right, and her daughter Emaly hug their neighbor Cindy Clark on October 11. The hurricane heavily damaged their homes in Mexico Beach.Hide Caption 7 of 61Collector cars are covered in debris in Panama City on October 11.Collector cars are covered in debris in Panama City on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionCollector cars are covered in debris in Panama City on October 11.Hide Caption 8 of 61Tom Bailey on October 11 walks his bike past a home that was carried across a road and slammed up against a condo complex in Mexico Beach. Tom Bailey on October 11 walks his bike past a home that was carried across a road and slammed up against a condo complex in Mexico Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionTom Bailey on October 11 walks his bike past a home that was carried across a road and slammed up against a condo complex in Mexico Beach. Hide Caption 9 of 61Joyce Fox stands in front of her heavily damaged home in Panama City on October 11.Joyce Fox stands in front of her heavily damaged home in Panama City on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionJoyce Fox stands in front of her heavily damaged home in Panama City on October 11.Hide Caption 10 of 61A boat sits amid debris in Mexico Beach on October 11.A boat sits amid debris in Mexico Beach on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA boat sits amid debris in Mexico Beach on October 11.Hide Caption 11 of 61Kylie Strampe holds her 4-month-old daughter, Lola, while surveying the damage in Callaway, Florida, on October 11.Kylie Strampe holds her 4-month-old daughter, Lola, while surveying the damage in Callaway, Florida, on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionKylie Strampe holds her 4-month-old daughter, Lola, while surveying the damage in Callaway, Florida, on October 11.Hide Caption 12 of 61Trees snapped by Michael's winds are seen in Mexico Beach on October 11. Trees snapped by Michael's winds are seen in Mexico Beach on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionTrees snapped by Michael’s winds are seen in Mexico Beach on October 11. Hide Caption 13 of 61Amanda Logsdon faces a heavy cleanup task at her Panama City house on October 11.Amanda Logsdon faces a heavy cleanup task at her Panama City house on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionAmanda Logsdon faces a heavy cleanup task at her Panama City house on October 11.Hide Caption 14 of 61Rescue personnel search Mexico Beach.Rescue personnel search Mexico Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionRescue personnel search Mexico Beach.Hide Caption 15 of 61A man walks through a damaged store in Springfield, Florida.A man walks through a damaged store in Springfield, Florida. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA man walks through a damaged store in Springfield, Florida.Hide Caption 16 of 61An aerial photo shows a destroyed boat in Mexico Beach on October 11. An aerial photo shows a destroyed boat in Mexico Beach on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionAn aerial photo shows a destroyed boat in Mexico Beach on October 11. Hide Caption 17 of 61A tree sits on top of a Panama City mobile home. Almost all the residents of the mobile-home park rode out the storm. All homes were damaged except one.A tree sits on top of a Panama City mobile home. Almost all the residents of the mobile-home park rode out the storm. All homes were damaged except one. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA tree sits on top of a Panama City mobile home. Almost all the residents of the mobile-home park rode out the storm. All homes were damaged except one.Hide Caption 18 of 61Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her home in Panama City. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive.Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her home in Panama City. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionKathy Coy stands among what is left of her home in Panama City. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive.Hide Caption 19 of 61The view from a Panama City hotel room that lost a wall in the storm.The view from a Panama City hotel room that lost a wall in the storm. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionThe view from a Panama City hotel room that lost a wall in the storm.Hide Caption 20 of 61Firefighter Austin Schlarb performs a door-to-door search in Mexico Beach on October 11.Firefighter Austin Schlarb performs a door-to-door search in Mexico Beach on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionFirefighter Austin Schlarb performs a door-to-door search in Mexico Beach on October 11.Hide Caption 21 of 61Damaged buildings are seen in Panama City on October 11.Damaged buildings are seen in Panama City on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionDamaged buildings are seen in Panama City on October 11.Hide Caption 22 of 61Debris is scattered in Mexico Beach early on October 11.Debris is scattered in Mexico Beach early on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionDebris is scattered in Mexico Beach early on October 11.Hide Caption 23 of 61Wreckage is piled up in Mexico Beach, near where Michael made landfall.Wreckage is piled up in Mexico Beach, near where Michael made landfall. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionWreckage is piled up in Mexico Beach, near where Michael made landfall.Hide Caption 24 of 61Debris burns in Mexico Beach on October 11.Debris burns in Mexico Beach on October 11. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionDebris burns in Mexico Beach on October 11.Hide Caption 25 of 61Haley Nelson inspects damage at her family properties in the Panama City area on Wednesday, October 10.Haley Nelson inspects damage at her family properties in the Panama City area on Wednesday, October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionHaley Nelson inspects damage at her family properties in the Panama City area on Wednesday, October 10.Hide Caption 26 of 61Cars are tossed among the debris in Mexico Beach.Cars are tossed among the debris in Mexico Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionCars are tossed among the debris in Mexico Beach.Hide Caption 27 of 61Kaylee O'Brian cries inside her Panama City home after several trees fell on it on October 10.Kaylee O'Brian cries inside her Panama City home after several trees fell on it on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionKaylee O’Brian cries inside her Panama City home after several trees fell on it on October 10.Hide Caption 28 of 61Floodwaters overwhelm vehicles in Panama City on Wednesday, October 10.Floodwaters overwhelm vehicles in Panama City on Wednesday, October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionFloodwaters overwhelm vehicles in Panama City on Wednesday, October 10.Hide Caption 29 of 61A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach on October 10.A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA storm chaser climbs into his vehicle to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach on October 10.Hide Caption 30 of 61A helicopter circles a Panama City neighborhood in the storm's wake on October 10.A helicopter circles a Panama City neighborhood in the storm's wake on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA helicopter circles a Panama City neighborhood in the storm’s wake on October 10.Hide Caption 31 of 61A woman and her children wait near a destroyed gas station in Panama City on October 10.A woman and her children wait near a destroyed gas station in Panama City on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA woman and her children wait near a destroyed gas station in Panama City on October 10.Hide Caption 32 of 61A McDonald's sign is mangled in Panama City on October 10.A McDonald's sign is mangled in Panama City on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA McDonald’s sign is mangled in Panama City on October 10.Hide Caption 33 of 61Boats are left damaged in a Panama City marina on October 10.Boats are left damaged in a Panama City marina on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionBoats are left damaged in a Panama City marina on October 10.Hide Caption 34 of 61People comfort each other outside an apartment building in Panama City.People comfort each other outside an apartment building in Panama City. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionPeople comfort each other outside an apartment building in Panama City.Hide Caption 35 of 61People make their way through a building's wreckage in Panama City on October 10.People make their way through a building's wreckage in Panama City on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionPeople make their way through a building’s wreckage in Panama City on October 10.Hide Caption 36 of 61The powerful hurricane left houses battered in Panama City Beach.The powerful hurricane left houses battered in Panama City Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionThe powerful hurricane left houses battered in Panama City Beach.Hide Caption 37 of 61Phlomena Telker stands on the remains of her covered porch in Panama City.Phlomena Telker stands on the remains of her covered porch in Panama City. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionPhlomena Telker stands on the remains of her covered porch in Panama City.Hide Caption 38 of 61Boats are damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina in the Florida Panhandle.Boats are damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina in the Florida Panhandle. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionBoats are damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina in the Florida Panhandle.Hide Caption 39 of 61Lenora Adams evacuates a motel with her dog as the hurricane comes ashore in Panacea, Florida, on October 10. Lenora Adams evacuates a motel with her dog as the hurricane comes ashore in Panacea, Florida, on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionLenora Adams evacuates a motel with her dog as the hurricane comes ashore in Panacea, Florida, on October 10. Hide Caption 40 of 61Rick Tesk, left, helps a business owner rescue his dogs from a damaged business in Panama City.Rick Tesk, left, helps a business owner rescue his dogs from a damaged business in Panama City. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionRick Tesk, left, helps a business owner rescue his dogs from a damaged business in Panama City.Hide Caption 41 of 61Wrecked boats sit near a pier in Panama City.Wrecked boats sit near a pier in Panama City. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionWrecked boats sit near a pier in Panama City.Hide Caption 42 of 61A resident of St. Marks, Florida, pulls a cooler out of the floodwaters near his home.A resident of St. Marks, Florida, pulls a cooler out of the floodwaters near his home. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA resident of St. Marks, Florida, pulls a cooler out of the floodwaters near his home.Hide Caption 43 of 61Pine trees litter a yard in Port St. Joe.Pine trees litter a yard in Port St. Joe. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionPine trees litter a yard in Port St. Joe.Hide Caption 44 of 61Streets begin to flood as high tide approaches in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 10.Streets begin to flood as high tide approaches in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionStreets begin to flood as high tide approaches in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 10.Hide Caption 45 of 61Mike Lindsey stands in his Panama City antique shop after it was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 10.Mike Lindsey stands in his Panama City antique shop after it was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionMike Lindsey stands in his Panama City antique shop after it was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 10.Hide Caption 46 of 61Trees lie on top of a home in Panama City.Trees lie on top of a home in Panama City. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionTrees lie on top of a home in Panama City.Hide Caption 47 of 61Bo Lynn's Market is flooded in St. Marks on October 10.Bo Lynn's Market is flooded in St. Marks on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionBo Lynn’s Market is flooded in St. Marks on October 10.Hide Caption 48 of 61A truck drives along a road in Alligator Point, Florida, that had been washed out by the storm on October 10.A truck drives along a road in Alligator Point, Florida, that had been washed out by the storm on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA truck drives along a road in Alligator Point, Florida, that had been washed out by the storm on October 10.Hide Caption 49 of 61Waves hit a house in Alligator Point on October 10.Waves hit a house in Alligator Point on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionWaves hit a house in Alligator Point on October 10.Hide Caption 50 of 61The eye of the storm, as seen from the International Space Station on October 10.The eye of the storm, as seen from the International Space Station on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionThe eye of the storm, as seen from the International Space Station on October 10.Hide Caption 51 of 61A woman checks on her vehicle after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach.A woman checks on her vehicle after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA woman checks on her vehicle after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach.Hide Caption 52 of 61Mitchell Pope tries to salvage what he can from his mobile home in St. Marks.Mitchell Pope tries to salvage what he can from his mobile home in St. Marks. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionMitchell Pope tries to salvage what he can from his mobile home in St. Marks.Hide Caption 53 of 61This boat ran aground at Florida's Quietwater Beach.This boat ran aground at Florida's Quietwater Beach. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionThis boat ran aground at Florida’s Quietwater Beach.Hide Caption 54 of 61Jayden Morgan, 11, evacuates his home as water starts to flood his neighborhood in St. Marks.Jayden Morgan, 11, evacuates his home as water starts to flood his neighborhood in St. Marks. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionJayden Morgan, 11, evacuates his home as water starts to flood his neighborhood in St. Marks.Hide Caption 55 of 61A person takes pictures of the surf and fishing pier on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.A person takes pictures of the surf and fishing pier on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionA person takes pictures of the surf and fishing pier on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.Hide Caption 56 of 61Emily Hindle lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at a Panama City Beach high school on October 10.Emily Hindle lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at a Panama City Beach high school on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionEmily Hindle lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at a Panama City Beach high school on October 10.Hide Caption 57 of 61Kathy Eaton takes what she can from her Panama City Beach home as she tries to get out of the way of the storm on October 10.Kathy Eaton takes what she can from her Panama City Beach home as she tries to get out of the way of the storm on October 10. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionKathy Eaton takes what she can from her Panama City Beach home as she tries to get out of the way of the storm on October 10.Hide Caption 58 of 61Justin Davis, left, and Brock Mclean board up a business in Destin, Florida, on Tuesday, October 9.Justin Davis, left, and Brock Mclean board up a business in Destin, Florida, on Tuesday, October 9. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionJustin Davis, left, and Brock Mclean board up a business in Destin, Florida, on Tuesday, October 9.Hide Caption 59 of 61Krystal Day, left, leads a sandbag assembly line at the Old Port Cove restaurant in Ozello, Florida, on October 9.Krystal Day, left, leads a sandbag assembly line at the Old Port Cove restaurant in Ozello, Florida, on October 9. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionKrystal Day, left, leads a sandbag assembly line at the Old Port Cove restaurant in Ozello, Florida, on October 9.Hide Caption 60 of 61Workers scramble to store boats at Shields Marina in St. Marks.Workers scramble to store boats at Shields Marina in St. Marks. Photos: In pictures: Hurricane Michael's trail of destructionWorkers scramble to store boats at Shields Marina in St. Marks.Hide Caption 61 of 6104 hurricane michael 1013 RESTRICTED03 hurricane michael 101303 hurricane michael 101202 hurricane michael 101301 hurricane michael 101230 hurricane michael 101132 hurricane michael 1011 02 hurricane michael 101233 hurricane michael 1011 22 hurricane michael 101126 hurricane michael 101129 hurricane michael 101134 hurricane michael 1011 13 hurricane michael 101128 hurricane michael 101130 hurricane michael 101135 hurricane michael 1011 09 hurricane michael 101125 hurricane michael 101124 hurricane michael 101127 hurricane michael 101123 hurricane michael 101112 hurricane michael 101116 hurricane michael 101117 hurricane michael 101101 hurricane matthew 101019 hurricane michael 101101 hurricane michael 101103 hurricane michael 101115 hurricane michael 101008 hurricane michael 101122 hurricane michael 1010 02 hurricane michael 101105 hurricane michael 101129 hurricane michael 1010 RESTRICTED06 hurricane michael 101130 hurricane michael 1010 RESTRICTED04 hurricane michael 101120 hurricane michael 101124 hurricane michael 1010 23 hurricane michael 1010 21 hurricane michael 1010 panama city 19 hurricane michael 1010 20 hurricane michael 1010 18  hurricane michael 1010 18 hurricane michael 1010 panama city 19 hurricane michael 1010 panama city17 hurricane michael 1010 07 hurricane michael 101008 hurricane michael 101012 hurricane michael 101013 hurricane michael 101006 hurricane michael 101010 hurricane michael 101016 hurricane michael 101009 hurricane michael 101005 hurricane michael 101004 hurricane michael 101001 hurricane michael 101002 hurricane michael 101003 hurricane michael 1010Wife watched her husband dieSitting in a red pickup just steps away from her damaged home, Gayle Sweet recalled the last moments she shared with her husband. “I told him, ‘Hold on, just hold on, I’m calling for help now,’ ” she told CNN affiliate WFTS on Thursday, sobbing.Hurricane Michael destroyed her home and killed the love of her lifeHurricane Michael destroyed her home and killed the love of her lifeHurricane Michael destroyed her home and killed the love of her lifeHer husband, Steven, was killed when an oak tree smashed their home in Gretna, Florida, and landed on top of him. The 44-year-old was among at least 18 who have died since Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday.Hours after the storm left her home in ruins, Gayle Sweet refused to leave. Her husband’s body was still trapped in the rubble.”Hopefully they (emergency crews) will be here soon. I’m not going anywhere until they bring him out,” she said.

Here's what we know so far about some of the 17 and counting who did not survive Hurricane Michael https://t.co/wc4NyV6S73 pic.twitter.com/jwxTXFYF49

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 13, 2018 At least eight people, including Sweet, have died in Florida. An 11-year-old girl died in Georgia when a carport came crashing through the roof. Two of the three people who were killed in North Carolina died when their vehicle struck a tree that had fallen because of high winds, said Adrienne Jones, deputy director for the McDowell County Emergency Medical Services. Six people died in Virginia. Four drowned and a firefighter was killed when a tractor-trailer lost control and hit his truck on a wet highway in Hanover County. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Saturday a sixth person died in Charlotte County. In Georgia, officials are receiving reports that 84 chicken houses — estimated to hold more than 2 million chickens — were destroyed in the storm, which also caused severe damage to pecan, cotton, vegetable and peanut crops. “For me, the cotton crop is as bad as it gets. I was picking three bale cotton (this week); today it is gone,” cotton farmer and state Rep. Clay Pirkle said. “Can’t tell the difference between what I’ve picked and what I haven’t.”Mexico Beach, Florida, bore the brunt of the storm's wrath, authorities say.Mexico Beach, Florida, bore the brunt of the storm's wrath, authorities say.Mexico Beach, Florida, bore the brunt of the storm’s wrath, authorities say.Hospitals evacuated but operatingAfter evacuating hundreds of patients, hospitals heavily damaged during Michael are still finding ways to help those in need.Hospitals' crucial work continues amid hurricaneHospitals' crucial work continues amid hurricaneHospitals' crucial work continues amid hurricaneThe front door of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City was boarded up Friday, and water service hadn’t been restored, but a handmade sign directed patients to the emergency room, which remains operational.The hurricane-force winds were so powerful that they lifted the roof on the hospital’s tower, where most of the patients were, and water poured into the facility. About 1,500 people, including doctors, nurses and patients, rode out the storm.”It was a very scary few hours of howling winds, windows blowing in, crashing roofs, ceilings collapsing, but patients being cared for throughout all of it,” said Amir Haghighat, a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute of Northwest Florida who works at Bay Medical. Hundreds of patients were taken Friday to hospitals across Florida and as far away as Mobile, Alabama, in a parade of ambulances and medical helicopters. The Panama City hospital is staying open receiving patients in an emergency room running on generator power.Scott said The Walt Disney Company had donated $1 million to the Florida Disaster Fund. Newsrooms still running In the wake of Hurricane Michael, local journalists in the Florida Panhandle are working in incredibly difficult conditions.Panama City’s two biggest TV stations, ABC affiliate WMBB and NBC affiliate WJHG, have been off the air for days. During Wednesday’s broadcast, one of the last things viewers heard was a reporter saying, “It sounds like a train is coming over the roof of the TV station. The whole building is shaking.”Florida newsrooms pummeled by Hurricane Michael, but the reporting goes onFlorida newsrooms pummeled by Hurricane Michael, but the reporting goes onFlorida newsrooms pummeled by Hurricane Michael, but the reporting goes onWMBB general manager Terry Cole said his staff worked and slept at a next-door church Wednesday into Thursday. They’ve set up chairs and cameras in the parking lot and produced their newscasts from there. The daily paper, the Panama City News Herald, still has no power. Cleanup crews were present when a CNN crew stopped by Friday. But the office was pretty much empty — the journalists were all out reporting stories.The impact of climate change on stormsMichael’s strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms. The planet has warmed significantly over the past several decades, causing changes in the environment.Hurricane Michael isn't truly a 'natural disaster'Hurricane Michael isn't truly a 'natural disaster'Hurricane Michael isn't truly a 'natural disaster'According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create an energy imbalance, with more than 90% of remaining heat trapped by the gases going into the oceans. While there might not be more storms in a warmer climate, most studies show storms will get stronger and produce more rain. Storm surge is worse now than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the rise in sea levels.The scientific research group Climate Central says unless the rate of greenhouse gas emissions changes, hurricanes are expected to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades.

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