Official: Searchers find body in hurricane-stricken town

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Search and rescue teams have found a body in the Florida Panhandle town that was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, and officials are expressing little doubt that the death toll would rise further.

The tally of lives lost across the South stands at 14, including the victim found in the rubble of Florida’s Mexico Beach.

Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit that entered Mexico Beach, said Friday that the team confirmed one fatality andis still trying to determine if there are others.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says he expects to see the death toll rise. Says Long: “We still haven’t gotten into the hardest-hit areas.”

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Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to make a U.S. landfall.

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