Hurricane Michael Death Toll In Florida Doubles

Grace Carr | Reporter

Florida’s death toll doubled Tuesday after state officials announced 16 people in the state died as a result of Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s Gulf Coast Oct. 10, dumping over a trillion gallons of water on the state, which saw winds speeds up to 155 mph during the storm. Water surges 13 feet high also wrecked large parts of the coast and destroyed nearly every building in Mexico Beach.

Panama City also sustained more damage than most areas in Florida.

Bernard Sutton, home destroyed by Hurricane Michael. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

Thousands lost power and hundreds of people went missing after the storm. Volunteer firefighters and other emergency crew have helped rescue at least 520 people, according to Reuters(RELATED: Hundreds Of Thousands Still Lack Power Nearly A Week After Michael)

Hurricane Michael’s total death toll now sits at 26. The tally includes 10 deaths in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. President Donald Trump flew to Florida Monday to see the Hurricane’s devastation and visit victims of the storm. Seventeen were known to be dead at the time.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands as they leave the White House October 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps are traveling to survey damage from Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm ever recorded to strike the Florida panhandle. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump travel to survey damage from Hurricane Michael. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Officials say 12 of Florida’s deaths occurred in Bay County, which suffered the brunt of the storm. (RELATED: Melania Looks Ready To Get To Work During Tour Of Hurricane-Ravaged Florida)

Two days before the storm hit, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency. A mandatory evacuation was also issued for Florida’s Gulf counties.

Gabriel Schaw stands beside the remains of his home. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

Puerto Rico is still attempting to recover from Hurricanes Maria and Harvey, which hit the island territory in September 2017 and August 2017 respectively. North and South Carolinians are also recovering from mid-September’s Hurricane Florence.

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