Hurricane Michael's death toll rose to 16 0n Friday and authorities said they expect the number to rise. Nearly 1 million utility customers from Florida to Virginia were without power as of Friday afternoon.
"We're still in life-safety mode," FEMA Administrator Brock Long told CBS News. "We're not even close to having discussions on rebuilding yet."
Mexico Beach, Florida, was one of the hardest-hit areas. Entire blocks of homes were obliterated in the small Panhandle community. Search-and-rescue crews were going door to door looking for survivors. Thousands of National Guard troops and emergency workers are helping those who made it.
Blocks and blocks of homes were demolished, reduced to splintered lumber or mere concrete slabs by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years. State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.
Emergency officials said they received thousands of calls asking about missing people. But with cellphone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just haven't been able to contact friends or family.