The storm that smacked Florida's Panhandle was one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, leaving a trail of destruction stretching as far as Virginia.
Michael blew ashore near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as one of the most powerful storms in US history, with winds of up o 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).
"We still haven't gotten into the hardest-hit areas", he said, adding with frustration: "Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson".
Hector Morales sits on a debris pile near his home which was destroyed by Hurricane Michael, in Mexico Beach, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018.
Aerial footage shows the extent of the damage from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach.
The IRS said Friday it's offering relief "to any Major Disaster Declaration area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for either individual or public assistance".
Michael leaves trail of devastation in US MEXICO BEACH Search and rescue teams faced a second day of sifting through the ruined landscape left by Hurricane Michael on Friday as the death toll rose to 11.
Mexico Beach, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, on Oct 12, 2018.
Zahralban said searchers, who were using a trained dog, were trying to determine if that person had been alone or was part of a family.
- The recovery will be long, but Florida is persistent, we help each other, and we will survive.
The number of dead was expected to rise, but authorities scrapped plans to set up a temporary morgue, indicating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental USA in almost 50 years. "We're starting from scratch, all of us", Plushnik said.
Michael crashed ashore near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).
"I don't think we know enough", he said.
In one community, Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles an hour, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on October 10.
Thousands of people have been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, as people look for their friends and relatives.
Even as rescuers searched the rubble for survivors or the deceased, some residents of Mexico Beach were nervously trickling back on Friday, expressing hope the place, nicknamed "the Forgotten Coast", would not change too much as it rebuilds. "It was bad, and now there's just nothing left".