Residents return to devastated homes as Hurricane Michael death toll climbs

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For 12 hours a day, cadaver dogs have been roaming piles of rubble in this town hard-hit by Hurricane Michael.

They leap across the remnants of staircases and fragments of Mexico Beach’s boardwalk beneath the constant sun, with hardhat-wearing handlers following close behind.

“We’re not looking at rescues so much anymore — it’s really more search at this point,” FEMA spokesman Mike Yeun said.

The grim discoveries in Mexico Beach came as the storm’s confirmed death toll in Florida rose to at least 16, with 12 of those in Bay County, where Mexico Beach, Panama City and Panama City Beach are, the state division of emergency management said Tuesday.

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