Hurricane Michael is proving to be a deadly force. It’s already decimated two cities in Florida, Panama City and Mexico Beach, leaving boats and marinas destroyed, and tore through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina before finally returning to the ocean. Even cities not entirely ruined by the storm have been left with extensive devastation – NPR reports that as of noon today, almost 446,000 in Virginia, 439,000 in North Carolina, 345,000 in Florida, and 150,000 people in Georgia have no electricity.
6ABC has reported that 11 people have been killed by the storm – four in Florida, one in Georgia, one in North Carolina, and five in Virginia – some of whom are still unidentified. Unfortunately, that number is not considered definitive; the Federal Emergency Management Agency “officials warn that the death toll may climb,” the 6ABC article said.
Crews are already hard at work trying to clear away debris and restore power, but it’s a long and slow process. FEMA is making its best efforts to assist those affected, setting up 24-hour offices and sending their workers out to distribute supplies. Their website encourages anyone harmed by Hurricane Michael to visit DisasterAssistance.gov, which offers resources for finding shelter, filing an insurance claim, and other needs.