The outlet showed aerial footage of coastal towns like Mexico Beach, which was almost flattened. "We've got food and we've got water".
The official death toll from the storm is 15. "There are people out here on dialysis, but there is no power", said Taylor Fontenot, 29, a roofing contractor from Sugar Land, Texas, and founder of 50 Star SAR, a volunteer search and rescue organization.
Search and rescue teams faced a second day of sifting through the ruined landscape left by Hurricane Michael on Friday as the death toll rose to 11. He also said 243,513 people are without power in Florida.
Michael crashed ashore near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph).
Rescue crews were still working on search and rescue into the weekend due to the Category 4 hurricane.
Long, who plans to head to the area hit by the storm over the weekend, said that in Bay County, Florida - home to Mexico Beach - "it's not safe to return", given the downed power lines and other debris littering the region. Florida National Guard troops have already distributed four truckloads of water and one truckload of MREs. Almost 2,000 law-enforcement officials have been sent into the Panhandle. Dozens of people remained missing on Sunday in Florida Panhandle communities reduced to ruins.
Seminole County Emergency Management Director Alan Harris said Florida was going to "establish a mortuary location" but didn't see that "as a critical need".
On Friday, Florida officials confirmed the storm claimed the lives of three more people in Jackson county. They worry about their kids getting into school. "This is obviously the worst", said Stephanie Palmer, a FEMA firefighter and rescuer from Coral Springs, Florida. "For me the cotton crop is as bad as it gets".
Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.
The number of fatalities could rise into the double digits in Panama City and surrounding communities alone, Collier said. Several trees came down on their property, including one that smashed through the roof. "We've got a long way to go, but expectations that things will be put back together instantly is mistaken".
Next, we headed to Panama City to refuel.
The number of dead was expected to rise, but authorities scrapped plans to set up a temporary morgue, indicating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental United States in almost 50 years.
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Hector Morales, a 57-year-old restaurant cook, never even thought of evacuating. When his mobile home suddenly began floating, he swam to a fishing boat and clambered aboard.
"I don't know what I'm going to do", he said. "But I made it". "Some were more fortunate than others".
Mexico City Mayor Al Cathey estimated 250 residents stayed behind when the hurricane struck, and he said he remained hopeful about their fate.
Consumer prices may be affected, too, as shipping goods into and out of the region is becoming more expensive.
A small army of rescue workers tore through rubble and devastation from Hurrican Michael on Sunday, aware their mission is rapidly changing from search-and-rescue to recovering the dead.
As one Panama City, Fla., resident told NPR's Debbie Elliott, "This whole town's destroyed".
"I'm the idiot that rode it out here in this place", said Blackwell, 65, sweat dripping from his face.
Amber Gee used the NOAA interactive satellite map and spotted a H-E-L-P message spelled out in logs by her uncle on the lawn of her grandmother's home.
Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people.
Government and private relief centers were opening up to provide badly needed food, water and other aid to people whose lives were upended by the monster storm. They've also set up a triage tent to treat residents stepping on nails and cutting themselves on debris.
Studebaker of Waverly and Kacee Kremeier from Lincoln were deployed to the most-heavily affected areas of the Florida Panhandle, where Michael first made landfall.
Trump spoke with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and "reiterated that the federal government is fully available", the White House said Saturday.