CLOSEFEMA says parts of Florida remain unsafe

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is pleading with citizens who’ve been displaced from their houses because of Hurricane Michael, to delight be affected person ahead of they go back house, as it is probably not protected. (Oct. 12)
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Federal officers serving to Florida and different states dig out from the huge harm of Hurricane Michael mentioned Friday it stays too unhealthy to go back to spaces flooded via typhoon surge similar to in Bay County.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who just went through one of most devastating storms this country has seen since 1851,” Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, advised newshounds whilst coordinating help in Washington. “Rest assured that not only am I doing everything that I can, but the dedicated staff of FEMA and the coordinated federal response is doing everything that we can to alleviate pain and suffering as quickly as we can.”

Emergency groups are targeted on restoring communications and transportation. But Long mentioned particles and typhoon devastation in some spaces prevents a protected go back but, with fuel and tool strains broken.

“It’s still not safe to return, particularly to Bay County, Florida,” Long mentioned. “There is no infrastructure there to support you and quite honestly it’s a dangerous area to go back into.”

Crews are operating to reopen broken spaces.

“Anybody who evacuated Mexico Beach who is in a shelter, it’s going to be a long time before they’re actually able to go back and return to those places because it was heavily damaged,” Long mentioned.

The typhoon decimated houses and companies alongside the coast. As blue skies and solar returned to the Panhandle, the roar of chainsaws and turbines drowned out chirping birds. In Panama City, the facility is out, fuel strains are close down and mobile phones can’t get carrier.

“This is more devastating than I thought it would be,” mentioned Katie Danielson, 38, whose house used to be broken however remains to be livable with a small generator, an electrical griddle and a pool to get water for flushing bogs.

Residents had been already scrounging for foods and drinks, and fetching buckets of bayou water to flush their bogs. The Sam’s Club opened to promote fuel, however virtually no different retail outlets had been open.

“We were prepared for a day or two at the most,” mentioned Tyson Bean, 26, who grilled and shared hamburgers with neighbors Thursday evening. “But ice has melted and the food is gone.”

Agueda Sanchez and her son, Victor, used a tree limb to brush up the particles at their circle of relatives bakery the place the 155 mph winds had blown out the construction’s entrance wall. A couple of Coca-Cola bottles had been organized smartly on a shelf within reach.

“This place is our money maker,” Victor Sanchez mentioned. “It’s how we pay our bills.”

The bakery, La Fuente on U.S. 98, were section of a small strip mall occupied via a handful of native trade house owners. The roof used to be peeled off a lot of the complicated. A pile of brick and particles containing the entirety from workplace chairs to a boulevard signal lay the place the western wall of the construction as soon as stood.

“I don’t know if they’re going to rebuild,” Victor Sanchez mentioned. “It depends on the owners and the insurance.”

Agueda Sanchez mentioned the circle of relatives trade were open kind of 13 years ahead of dropping all of it.

“Maybe look for another place, I don’t know,” she mentioned.

Search and rescue groups unfold out alongside U.S. Route 98 Friday morning in search of survivors from Mexico Beach to Apalachicola. As every segment used to be cleared a mark appearing the realm used to be checked used to be spray-painted in orange or inexperienced fluorescent colour.

Clues about whether or not someone may well be house integrated cars in driveways and unlocked doorways. Padlocks at the out of doors of doorways, for example, had been a excellent inform that any individual used to be now not inside of.

“We want to make sure we have everybody accounted for,” mentioned Lt. Jeff Hansen of the Central Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Four, who used to be main a six-person group via what remained of houses within the Beacon Hill space of Port St. Joe.

At the Overlook City Bridge on County Road 386, individuals who stopped Friday to check out and make a mobile phone name discovered the web site now not operating.

“We heard another Verizon tower went down,” mentioned Pam Burrows, whose area survived the typhoon. “Knock on wood, we’re fine. We just had a new roof put on.”

But Pam and her husband Rusty Burrows had been bearing in mind easy methods to live to tell the tale the approaching weeks.

“In a week we won’t have propane, we won’t have water,” she mentioned. “In a week we’ll be using water from the Intracoastal Waterway to flush our toilets.”

Kevin Yeskey, appearing deputy assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, mentioned 4 hospitals and 11 nursing houses in Florida had been closed Friday, whilst all remain open in Georgia.

In Panama City, Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center have evacuated sufferers however are treating the ones who arrive within the emergency room, Yeskey mentioned.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declared an emergency in Georgia on Thursday following Florida previous within the week to make bills extra versatile to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, suppliers and providers.

When returning to broken spaces, Yeskey instructed citizens to talk over with well being and emergency government, and to put on boots, eye coverage and gloves.

“In many places it’s not safe to go back to your residence,” Yeskey mentioned.

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The Coast Guard has rescued 129 folks and one animal, and helped delivery 142 nursing house sufferers to protected haven at Pensacola health center. The Coast Guard deployed 17 cutters, 9 fixed-wing and 24 rotary-wing airplane for seek and rescue, and to evaluate harm.

The Coast Guard continues to evaluate harm in Bay and Gulf counties, and instructed citizens to not board in part sunken vessels with out help. The ports in Pensacola and Cedar Key reopened. But Panama City port remained closed in Florida, and ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina remained shuttered Friday.

The Red Cross has 1,000 educated crisis group of workers heading to the realm. The Salvation Army has 48 cellular feeding kitchens, which is able to every supply 1,500 foods in line with day.

Hughes and Robinson reported from Panama City, Florida. Jansen reported from Washington, D.C. 

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