Five deaths were reported in Virginia as of Friday morning, bringing the total casualty count to at least 13 with other victims claimed in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Among those killed was a firefighter in Hanover County, Virginia, who was hit by a tractor-trailer while assisting with another accident on Interstate 295.
Mark Bowen, chief of emergency services in Bay County, told “Good Morning America” on Friday that “a tremendous number of people” are “unaccounted for.” Bay County took a brutal blow from Hurricane Michael — especially the town of Mexico Beach, which was nearly leveled by the storm’s force.
Long told CNN Friday morning, “I expect the fatality count to climb today and tomorrow as we get through the debris, and I am very frustrated by that, because we seem to not learn this lesson in this country.
Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross told reporters that the number of people in emergency shelters was expected to reach 20,000 across five states by Friday.