The number of confirmed deaths as a result of Hurricane Michael is now 29.
Officials in Bay County, Florida have confirmed another 12 storm-related deaths today, while a total of 19 fatalities have been confirmed in Florida. One child was also found dead near Lake Seminole, Georgia – and three people were found dead from falling trees that fell on their vehicles. At least six people were confirmed dead in Virginia, most as a result of flash flood waters.
On the heels of President and First Lady Melania Trump touring the damaged area on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, took similar tours yesterday – telling reporters that the Trump Administration will do everything they can to help those affected.
And that’s a good thing – because it’s a lot. Knowing the mauling that Florida took, it’s no wonder to hear officials say it will take weeks or longer for everyone to get back online. That’s because even if the grid is restored, repairs to make homes able to accept the lines. As Gulf Power spokesman Rick DelaHaya explains, there’s a lot that can’t be salvaged. “This isn’t a restore,” he says. “This is a rebuild.”