The search for survivors begins in Florida as Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 7


Hurricane Michael

Rescuers have begun to search for survivors in Florida after Hurricane Michael devastated the coast. Efforts will intensify on Friday.
Seven people have been killed across three states, and the whereabouts of 280 people in Florida was known as of Thursday.
The army, national guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working on the ground, but FEMA has warned of a rising death toll .
Efforts to rebuild will begin after homes and roads were smashed and trees downed. One estimate said Hurricane Michael cost $8 billion in damage.

Efforts to find survivors in the rubble caused by Hurricane Michael have begun while the death toll from one of the most powerful storms in history has risen to seven across three states.

Category-4 Hurricane Michael smashed into Mexico Beach on Wednesday with 155 mph winds, tearing buildings apart, causing widespread flooding, and killing at least two people.

The storm then weakened to a tropical storm where it killed at least five people in Virginia and North Carolina, Reuters reported, citing state officials.

In Mexico Beach, the army used heavy equipment to clear a path in the debris and allow rescuers through to search for trapped residents, survivors, or casualties, as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead.

Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used dogs, drones, and GPS in the search.

“We have teams from all over the country working with federal, state & local partners in Florida. Their specialties range from damage assessment to medical missions to search & rescue,” FEMA tweeted on Thursday.

The National Guard rescued 20 survivors on Wednesday night in Mexico Beach, the Associated Press reported. Gov. Rick Scott said on Thursday that the guard was coming with 13 helicopters, 16 boats and 1,000 high water vehicles. “Help is on the way,” he tweeted.

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