Florida cancels mobile morgues, no mass casualties found

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All told, more than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas ‘ Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Tamara Lush in St.

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Residents, meanwhile, began to come to grips with the destruction and face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead.

“I didn’t recognize nothing. Everything’s gone. I didn’t even know our road was our road,” said 25-year-old Tiffany Marie Plushnik, an evacuee who returned to find her home in Sandy Creek too damaged to live in.

When she went back to the hotel where she took shelter from the storm, she found out she could no longer stay there either because of mold.

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President Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next but didn’t say what day he would arrive.

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Florida Cancels Mobile Morgues, No Mass Casualties Found

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) ‘ Search and rescue teams working through a ruined landscape found no signs of mass casualties during their initial ‘hasty search’ afer Hurricane Michael, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday they still ‘do not know enough’ about the fate of people who insisted on riding out the storm.

Michael, so powerful that it remained a hurricane for 12 hours after making landfall in Mexico Beach, thrashed the Carolinas and Virginia and was growing stronger again over the Atlantic, where the National Hurricane Center predicted it would eventually menace Britain with tropical-storm force winds.

Florida cancels mobile morgues, no mass casualties found

Search teams continued to pick their way through the ruins of Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 mph (249 kph) winds. Blocks and blacks of homes were demolished.

State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.

Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people. But with cellphone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just haven’t been able to contact friends or family to let them know.

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