Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble.

"During the first 24-48 hours after Michael made landfall, the only communications that were available in several of the impacted counties was through HF (high frequency) radio and amateur radio operators", said Scott Roberts KK4ECR, with the NFARR. He was killed by a falling tree while helping clear debris with family members Thursday.

Trees brought down by Hurricane Michael's ferocious winds took a heavy toll on life, property and the timber industry in the heavily forested Florida Panhandle, where $1.3 billion in timber was lost, authorities said Friday.

Drone footage captures destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael on the Florida town of Mexico Beach, where buildings were reduced to piles of rubble, while roofs, cars and even boats were strewn about the formerly tranquil beach town.

Timber operations in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties sustained losses, including damage to pulp mills and sawmills, according to the Florida Forest Service, which is under Putnam.

The storm also killed 10 people in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, where most were caught in flash flooding. Bottled water is plentiful at roadside aid stations; ice is another matter.

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