Search-and-rescue missions continued, and
"That is some good, positive news for a change," he said.
The mayor said authorities are still working to identify the dead and did not release any details about how they were killed. State law enforcement set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and family. Officials have not said how many people they believe are missing.
Three brothers being treated at a
More than 14,000 people were evacuated from
His grandfather bought the land in 1945, and he developed a subdivision on part of it and built The Lodge at
McLean said four rooms were booked and another 15 people were having a private dinner when the hotel's chef and event coordinator told everyone to evacuate.
"I have 35 employees," McLean said. "All of them lost their jobs overnight."
Storms moved through the area Wednesday as part of a system ravaging the Southeast, spawning suspected tornadoes in parts of
Officials in the
Most of those fires had been contained by Wednesday afternoon, but uncertainty remained for a region that serves as the gateway into the
"She was too scared to move with the smoke and sirens and she just stood there. I didn't want to drag her. I couldn't drag her," he said. "I figured the humane thing to do would be to just cut her loose."
Officials in nearby
"You really can't let everybody in yet because there are still areas that haven't been searched, there are still areas where electric lines are down, power poles are down," he said.
The mayor lost the home that he built himself, two dogs plus all seven of the condominium buildings he owned. In a city built on tourism, Werner has said the biggest thing people can do to help is come back. But for him, there is nothing to come back to.
"I really can't dwell on it that much. I think of others that have lost theirs, and it keeps my mind off of our problems," he said while fighting back tears. "It's really hard, it's really tough."
Werner is staying at a friend's house while managing the crisis with other state and local leaders. He has raised at least
Almost nothing remained of the Castle, perhaps the largest and most iconic home overlooking
The adult bothers in the hospital who reported their parents missing were in critical but stable condition in
Mattise reported from