#HurricaneMichael Death Toll Rises To 2, Child Killed Overnight In Georgia

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A child in Seminole County, Georgia, was confirmed as the second victim of Hurricane Michael late Wednesday as the storm blazed through the area after obliterating much of the Florida Panhandle.

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The death was announced by Travis Brooks, the head of the county’s emergency management agency, as Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday night. Brooks said the child was believed to have died when something fell into a home he was visiting. Rescue crews are reportedly struggling to reach the scene due to downed power lines and trees.

 

Authorities in Greensboro, Florida, said earlier that a man trapped inside his home after a tree fell on the roof was believed to be the first death related to the hurricane after it hammered the Florida coast with winds of over 150 miles per hour.

 

In a matter of hours, the storm, which had been gaining strength in recent days as it hurtled toward the coast, caused extensive damage in Panama City, including broken and uprooted trees and downed power lines. The damage includes homes that were split by fallen trees and roofs that were sheered from buildings.

Vance Beu, 29, said a pine tree branch made a hole in the roof of the apartment he shares with his mother. “It was terrifying, honestly. There was a lot of noise. We thought the windows were going to break at any time,” Beu told the AP. “We had the inside windows kind of barricaded in with mattresses. We did whatever we could to kind of hunker down.”
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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