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(CNN)Florida and Georgia are reeling from the brutal effects of Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday.

The widespread destruction has left many people living in dire conditions. Residents have been waiting in long lines to collect bottled water and ready-to-eat meals (MREs) at several distribution centers. Helicopters are also airdropping food and water to remote areas. Hurricane Michael affected them, too, but these firefighters still have a job to doHurricane Michael affected them, too, but these firefighters still have a job to doHurricane Michael affected them, too, but these firefighters still have a job to doEarly Monday, more than 250,000 customers were still without power in seven states from Florida to Virginia. The death toll remains at 18 but authorities say it could climb. About 30 to 35 people are unaccounted for in the Mexico Beach area, Police Chief Anthony Kelly said.President Donald Trump on Sunday approved a disaster declaration in Georgia for Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, and Seminole counties. It follows the declaration of a major disaster in Florida’s Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty, Taylor, and Wakulla counties on October 11.The declarations give affected residents and businesses access to federal aid and funding. The President and first lady are scheduled to visit Florida Monday where they are expected to survey damage from Michael.Read MoreOn Sunday, FEMA said more than 58 evacuations and 403 rescues or assists had been completed by several agencies in the days since Hurricane Michael made landfall. Authorities also completed 3,362 shelter-in-place checks, and performed structural assessments on 7,257 structures in Florida. FEMA has 14 teams in place in Florida to help people register for disaster assistance, the release said. There are also 17 distribution points throughout Florida and Georgia where people can get food and water in places where stores remain closed or there are limited supplies. Trying to retain sense of normalcySome people have taken matters into their own hands and resorted to looting. “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 CNN affiliate WEAR-TV.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.Panama City Fire Department Division Chief Scott Flitcraft told CNN that within three or four hours of the storm’s impact, many dollar stores and convenience stores in the area were looted. Authorities were also investigating reports of a fatal shooting in Panama City, WEAR reported.Others in the city are trying to retain a sense of normalcy.Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City sustained some damage in the storm, so the church held its Sunday morning service outside. “For the last couple of days I’ve just been walking down the streets, going from house to house,” Senior Pastor Steven Kyle told CNN. “And one of the first things that everybody has said is, ‘Are we going to have church? Can we have church?'” “They just wanted the community,” he said. Residents could still be trappedHundreds of calls from people around the country looking for their relatives continue piling up as emergency crews attempt to reach the most remote areas. Crews are using bulldozers to move debris and cutting trees with chainsaws to clear highways and hundreds of roads blocked by the wreckage. “What’s taking up most of your time right now just gaining access to some of these areas,” said Panama City Fire Chief Alex Baird. 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 1010The fire department has received more than 200 calls for checks on residents and Baird said it could take days or weeks before they complete them. Residents still unaccounted for could be trapped in isolated areas and crews need to go door-to-door because there is no power and cellphone service is spotty. 18 people have died Hurricane Michael killed the love of her lifeHurricane Michael killed the love of her lifeHurricane Michael killed the love of her lifeAt least 18 people have died since Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday, eight in Florida including Steven Sweet, 44, who died when an oak tree fell on his Gretna home.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 the sixth person died in Charlotte County. The seaside town of Mexico Beach was virtually wiped away, and rescue teams have been using dogs as they combed through rubble piles and mangled structures one more time looking for survivors.About 280 of the town’s 1,200 residents said they planned to ride out the storm but authorities say many fled at the last minute when Michael gained more force, Mayor Al Cathey said. Bay County schools closedEvery school in Bay County was damaged, official said.The future of thousands of students also remains unclear, especially those in Bay County, where schools are closed until further notice. “It’s not going to be a normal school year. There’s nothing normal about where we are right now,” Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt told CNN affiliate WMBB. With the majority of its 26,000 students displaced and many schools deemed not safe because of the damage, officials are discussing alternative ways to get students back to the classroom or provide psychological aid for them. 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.”I would say every single school in Bay County has some type of damage, some more extensive than others,” said Steve Moss, vice chairman of Bay District School Board. “Some it’ll probably take weeks or months to get online. Some it will take years.”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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