More than 1,000 people are still missing from Hurricane Michael

Mail Online | 10/17/2018 | Reuters
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More than a thousand people are still missing a week after deadly Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc and flattened entire communities across the Florida Panhandle.

Hundreds of volunteers were searching on Wednesday for the roughly 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with family and friends when the Category 4 hurricane struck on October 10.

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Most of those missing are from Panama City and many are elderly, disabled, impoverished, or live alone, according to Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue.

Florida officials have not given a number for how many people are considered to be missing. Those who are missing may be with relatives and friends, and are not necessarily presumed dead.

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Debris, downed trees and power lines have hampered access to stranded people, but CrowdSource said a number of its missing person reports resulted from widespread phone and power outages.

At least 27 people died during the hurricane.

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The death toll includes 17 in Florida, one in Georgia, three in North Carolina and six in Virginia.

Officials said medical examiners were determining whether another four deaths in Florida were due to the storm.

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Michael slammed into the northwest coastal strip of Florida last Wednesday with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, unleashing a surge of seawater that demolished homes.

About 35,000 Floridians have called Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking help since and the agency has already approved $1 million...
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