Search teams continued to pick their way through the ruins of Mexico Beach on Friday, the ground-zero Florida town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday. Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people. But with cellphone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just haven’t been able to contact friends or family to let them know.
Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:
FRIDAY, OCT. 12:
TROPICAL WEATHER — Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 13 across the South. SENT: 630 words, photos, video. Will be updated.
TROPICAL WEATHER-BUILDING CODES — A Florida hurricane expert says footage of buildings in Mexico Beach stripped down to their concrete foundations comes as no surprise. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-AIR FORCE BASE — Tyndall Air Force Base suffered catastrophic damage when Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle, ripping roofs off airplane hangars, tossing vehicles around a parking lot and leaving a fighter jet that had been on display flipped over on the ground. SENT: 600 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-DAMAGE VS DISTANCE — Two Gulf Coast communities barely 20 miles apart saw drastically different sides of Hurricane Michael’s fury. SENT: 640 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-VIRGINIA — Far north of where Michael made landfall, flash flooding and treacherous roads in Virginia have claimed at least five lives, including a firefighter responding to a crash and a man swept away after his vehicle was swamped. SENT: 720 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-GEORGIA — Power outages caused by Hurricane Michael are likely to linger into early next week for some of the hardest hit communities in southwest Georgia. SENT: 260 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — SENT. Will be updated throughout the day.
TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at Hurricane Michael. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, will be updated.
Photo coverage from Florida Panhandle. Additional photos expected.
Broadcast and online edits available from Florida Panhandle. Additional video expected.