Hurricane Michael’s Florida Devastation & Recovery

October 19, 2018 – Good Friday morning.  Today is the 9th day after Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s panhandle as a strong Cat 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph.  So far, 25 people have died in the storm or its aftermath, the latest yesterday, when a tree fell on a Gulf County firefighter who was clearing debris with his family.  Another 10 people have died in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.  Names of some of the dead remain unknown. The search for missing relatives continues this week for nearly 200 families, as search and rescue missions continue.  As of last night, 1,624 people were still living in 10 remaining shelters.

The rest of this update is incorporated into the LMA Newsletter of October 22, 2018, which you can read here.