Officials say 16 people died in Florida because of Hurricane Michael, doubling the numbers of deaths in the state The Associated Press had previously attributed to last week’s storm.
Florida officials announced the state’s updated death toll Tuesday. State officials did not provide details of how the victims’ deaths were storm-related and the AP was not immediately able to confirm those details.
More bodies are being found in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been in the area since the hurricane hit to help search for victims. The sheriff’s office announced Tuesday that their crews had found two more bodies.
A K9 named Tucker found the first body late Tuesday morning. The man was found dead in Mexico Beach, according to the sheriff’s office social media pages.
“Please continue to pray for our neighbors in the Panhandle. Sadly, K9 Tucker just found a man’s body while in his search,” they wrote.
The sheriff’s office posted again less than half an hour later saying their Drone Unit had found another body. Authorities did not confirm where exactly that body was found.
“The waters are receding and we are starting to locate more victims,” the post said.
Before Tuesday, the state of Florida had officially acknowledged just two deaths, according to the Associated Press.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.