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Source: ABC News

Beach home survives storm nearly untouched: 'We intended to build it to survive'

Today 14:32 GMT

"Hurricanes happen and so we intended to build it to survive" and pass through the generations, Dr. Lebron Lackey told ABC News of the vacation home he build last year with his uncle. When Category 4 Michael made landfall at Mexico Beach Wednesday with winds around 155 mph, Lackey was home in Tennessee, "nauseated" as he monitored the house security camera, watching footage of the winds and debris whipping by.

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Source: Common Domain

After Hurricane Michael, Residents Determined to Rebuild Shattered City

Today 14:32 GMT

Days after Hurricane Michael turned this beachside community into a wreckage-strewn disaster, the longtime resident and others are talking about how they want to bring it back.

MEXICO BEACH, Fla.—Half of Natalie Shoaf’s home is gone and it is unclear when water or power service will be restored, but she plans to rebuild in this place she calls “small-town U.S.A. on the water.” Days after Hurricane Michael turned this beachside community into a wreckage-strewn disaster, the longtime resident and others are talking about how they want to bring it back.

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Source: The Guradian

Hurricane Michael: mayor hopes for 'miracle' in destroyed Mexico Beach

Monday 07:00 GMT

Crews operating heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in Mexico Beach on Sunday, as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out Hurricane Michael.

Mayor Al Cathey estimated 250 residents stayed behind when the hurricane struck, and he said he remained hopeful about their fate. Search-and-rescue teams in the beach town had already combed areas with the worst damage, Cathey said, adding: “If we lose only one life, to me that’s going to be a miracle.”

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Source: ABC News

At least 46 missing in Florida city hit hard by Hurricane Michael: Official

Monday 13:37 GMT

At least 46 people remained unaccounted for on Sunday in Mexico Beach, Florida, an area pulverized by Hurricane Michael, the city's mayor told ABC News.

Of the 17 people killed as the hurricane swept through the Florida Panhandle, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina, only one confirmed death has been reported in Mexico Beach. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, toured the hard-hit areas of Mexico Beach, Panama City, Blountstown and Bristol on Sunday.

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Source: ABC News

Hurricane Michael survivor: 'It's going to be forever before we get back to normal'

Monday 13:37 GMT

His home damaged and his spirit crushed by Hurricane Michael, Kenny Day broke down in tears as he stood outside a Pensacola, Florida, motel and contemplated his future amid the sprawling devastation.

"I'm originally from Indiana and a couple of times I thought [that] while I've got a little money in my pocket I might as well head home to Indiana because it's going to be forever before we get back to normal."

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Source: CTV

Searchers find bodies in hurricane-stricken town: official

Saturday 20:55 GMT

Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm's fury became ever clearer.

Others include Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina, Darlene Superville in Washington, and Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland.

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Source: Common Domain

Relatives Struggle to Make Contact After Hurricane Michael

Saturday 21:50 GMT

Two days after Hurricane Michael—the most powerful hurricane on record to strike the Florida Panhandle—made landfall, friends and relatives were desperate for word from loved ones who live in communities flattened by the Category 4 storm.

Viki Couch, whose father and stepmother live in Mexico Beach, posted on Facebook looking for information after she was unable to make contact. Jessica Creamer, a Tennessee woman, can’t get through when she tries to reach a friend who lives just south of Mexico Beach.

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Source: CTV

Searches intensify in Florida after body is found in Hurricane Michael's wake

Sunday 16:20 GMT

Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already been recovered.

Contributors in Florida include Associated Press writers Russ Bynum in Mexico Beach, Brendan Farrington in Panama City, Gary Fineout in Tallahassee. In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, a boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File). South Florida urban search and rescue specialist Chris Boyer removes a damaged American flag from a downed pole while checking for for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.


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