Rescuers used heavy equipment and search dogs on Friday to look for people trapped or killed in the Florida Panhandle towns devastated by Hurricane Michael, amid expectations the death toll of 12 from the powerful storm will climb.
So far, counties along the hard-hit northwest Florida coast have reported no deaths related to the storm. That could change, as efforts to assess damage and look for casualties in the worst-hit communities have been hampered by downed utility lines and roads blocked by debris and fallen trees.
The concern was for people who ignored evacuation orders ahead of the storm and stayed put in communities that were demolished by Michael's ferocity on Wednesday.
I think youre going to see it climb, Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said of the death count at a news conference. "We still havent gotten into some of the hardest-hit areas."
FEMA crews also used drone aircraft and global positioning satellites in their search.