(Miami Herald) On Day 2 after Hurricane Michael made landfall, search and rescue was still underway, state emergency officials said Friday — as more emphasis was beginning to shift to the “search.” Thousands of people had been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, as people looked for their friends and relatives. The Florida Panhandle is largely populated by small towns, spread out across dense, forested areas, which only worsened post-disaster communications problems when cellphone

towers and internet services went out. Locating people was a top priority for emergency crews on Friday. Officials said they similarly received inquiries about thousands of people who were missing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma last year as crews fanned out across the Keys to reduce that number. However, Alan Harris, Seminole County Emergency Management Director, told the state Emergency Operations Center during its 8:30 a.m. briefing that so far, READ MORE