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Wreckage Left By Hurricane Michael Slows Relief Efforts

Government and nonprofit agencies work in advance of storms to create distribution networks for critical aid, but the category 4 storm damaged key communications and transportation infrastructure.

Relief supplies and critical life-saving equipment and personnel are heading into areas of Florida's panhandle ravaged by Hurricane Michael, but officials say the severity of the storm's devastation is limiting their ability to get into the most heavily damaged areas.

Search and rescue teams Friday painstakingly worked their way through trees knocked down by 155 mph winds and the mounds of debris left behind after a wall of water up to 14 feet high slammed into several communities along the Gulf Coast. As the storm sped across Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, at least 12 people were killed.

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