Hundreds of survivors found but toll from Michael seen rising

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© Reuters. Aerial photo shows homes destroyed after Hurricane Michael smashed into Florida’s northwest coast in Mexico Beach

By Rod Nickel

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – Search and rescue volunteers have located hundreds of people reported missing in the U.S. Southeast after Hurricane Michael tore through their Florida Panhandle communities, but the death toll of at least 18 was expected to rise.

Rescue crews heard cries for help and cut into a mobile home crumpled by the storm in Panama City, freeing survivors who had been trapped inside for two days, Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue, said on Saturday.

In door-to-door searches, teams consisting mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters have found more than 520 of

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