UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard Have Rescued 63 People, Assisted 292 After Hurricane Michael

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As of 6:30 p.m., Coast Guard crews have rescued approximately 63 people and assisted 292

Coast Guard crews continue response efforts along the path of Hurricane Michael, Friday. (U.S. Coast Guard Heartland image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – U.S. Coast Guard crews continue response efforts along the path of Hurricane Michael.

Currently, Coast Guard crews have rescued approximately 63 people and assisted 292.

Coast Guard shallow-water response teams remain ready to conduct search and rescue efforts and are removing debris from the roadways so that emergency services can pass by. They are continuing with welfare checks throughout hurricane-affected areas.

Coast Guard port evaluation teams remain on scene and have begun their evaluation of the damage done by Michael.

Coast Guard pollution responders continue to check on waterfront facilities, commercial fishing vessels and conduct overflights with the EPA.

Coast Guard aircrews remain poised to help people in distress via tasking from the emergency operation center, National Response Center and command centers. They will also continue to conduct welfare checks and overflight assessments of affected areas.

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The general public should remain cautious, even in ideal conditions, and be aware of hazards, storm surge debris, and possible flooding conditions due to the hurricane.

If you, your friends or family need emergency assistance, call 911 and provide your location, zip code, street name and number of people in need of assistance.

Do not call for rescue if you are not in a life-threatening situation. Rescue teams are prioritizing rescues by urgency. We are not able to facilitate requests for assistance on social media.

To help those affected by Hurricane Michael, you can donate through the American Red Cross.

For those who want to volunteer with search and rescue efforts in Florida, or donate, please visit volunteerflorida.org

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