Long said Friday that he's worried people didn't evacuate along
Long said "very few people" live to tell what it's like to experience a high storm surge. The waters rose about 14 feet (4 meters), pushing buildings aside.
He said it's critically important to heed evacuation warnings and to build their homes cautiously and have the proper flood and damage insurance necessary to live in hurricane zones.
Long said he'd be traveling to
Scott and first lady Ann Scott had dinner on Thursday with 50 troopers, 35 of whom slept in cots inside the mansion.
The governor's office said it would continue to use the mansion as a shelter for law enforcement as "long as necessary."
Police said the
State emergency officials said Friday that utility and transportation workers were out restoring power to 460,000 homes and businesses and reopening about 360 roads largely blocked by trees, debris or power lines.
Cooper planned later Friday to visit damaged areas in the mountains. The governor said it wasn't clear whether there was enough overall damage to qualify for federal aid to help with the cleanup.
Nelson and Scott have met so far in one debate, earlier this month on Telemundo51, which broadcast mainly on Spanish-language stations around
State officials said Friday that search and rescue units spread across a vast region stretching from the sea to the
The rescue teams did what was described as a "hasty search" to look for either victims or survivors.
Distribution centers have been set up outside retailers such as Wal-Mart and
Some supplies are being brought in by trucks, but state officials said they're using helicopters to ferry in supplies to some coastal towns where roads aren't cleared.
State emergency officials said Friday morning that they have canceled, for now, plans to set up a temporary mortuary unit in the
"We are not completely done, we are still getting down there," the governor added.
State officials said the high volume of phone calls from outside the disaster area could be due to the fact that vast swaths of the
The death is among five storm-related fatalities confirmed Friday by the
Volunteer firefighters and the
The department said that the fire engine had its lights and other emergency equipment activated, but roads were slick and the storm conditions were heavy. The state medical examiner's office has ruled Clark's death among five storm-related fatalities in the state.
Authorities say two others in his crew were seriously injured. The truck driver had to be extricated and also suffered serious injuries.
With four other deaths confirmed in
Caldwell says there were five suspected tornadoes in the state, but they are still awaiting
The commander of
Laidlaw called the damage "catastrophic." Videos of the damaged base show roofs ripped off hangars and a fighter jet on display toppled onto the ground.
In his letter posted on the base's website, Laidlaw says crews need to clear trees from roads, repair power lines and "assess the structural integrity of our buildings" before anyone returns.
And, impressively, Michael's top sustained winds are growing again, to near 65 mph (100 kph) at
It remains very large, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 275 miles (445 kilometers) from its center. A gauge on one offshore buoy recorded a wind gust of nearly hurricane strength.
The Hurricane Center says threats to land are diminishing. There's a minor storm surge still along the
At least six deaths have been blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental
The sheriff's office in
One of those deaths would be a man killed by a falling tree. An 11-year-old girl in
Some fear the toll can only rise as rescue teams get around storm debris blocking roads and reach isolated areas.
Hurricane Michael's pounding waves and winds obliterated row after row of beachfront homes at ground zero on the Florida
At least three deaths have been blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental
By early Friday it wasn't nearly over yet: a tropical storm long after Wednesday's landfall, Michael stubbornly kept up its punch while barreling over land toward an expected exit across the open
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