No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

Staff Writer

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hurricane-ravaged communities in Florida's Panhandle turned to volunteers and each other for help Monday, the fifth day without cell service, electricity or, in many cases, shelter.
Trevor Lewis, a member of a six-person search-and-rescue unit, said he watched storm victims "cry out in joy" when his team let them use its cellphones to contact loved ones for the first time in days.
"The amount of stress that people are in, not just from losing everything, but not having phones, power, food, water, puts a huge toll on the emotional factor of people stuck in these houses," Lewis said. "And it really ups the ante a whole lot more."
As President Donald Trump visited the devastated zone, the death toll from Michael's march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17, with just one confirmed death so far in Mexico Beach, a town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map in a direct hit from the hurricane and its 155 mph (250 kph) winds last week...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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