Trump Visits Areas Slammed By Hurricane Michael

Destuction inflicted upon Mexico Beach by Hurricane Michael is seen in this image as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico

Destuction inflicted upon Mexico Beach by Hurricane Michael is seen in this image as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico

The water tower lay on its side and 18-wheelers were scattered in a parking lot like a child's toys.

"It's hard to believe".

In the nearby city of Lynn Haven, where blue tarps topped numerous homes, Trump walked up to a house where a massive pine tree lay on the front yard next to a palm tree that stood tall.

"To see this personally is very, very tough", he said. Mayor Al Cathey said it would be a "miracle" if the town's death toll stays at one after it took a direct hit from the hurricane.

"We need to restore basic utilities, clear our roads of trees and power lines, and assess the structural integrity of our buildings".

- President Donald Trump flew above the Florida Panhandle on Monday to see the wreckage left behind after Hurricane Michael slammed its coastal communities and he immediately praised Gov. Rick Scott for an "incredible" response to a storm that flattened homes and left thousands without electricity. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is right. "Then we get on scene and find their family members and they have no food, no water, no power". The first lady stood beside the president as he talked with residents.

United States President Donald Trump has taken a first-hand look at the "total devastation" that Hurricane Michael brought to Florida, as rescuers search for scores of people still missing. He continued on his tour by visiting a FEMA aid distribution center.

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Trump, standing beside Scott, a fellow Republican who is running for the US Senate in the November 6 congressional elections, said the day's biggest objective was "just making sure everyone is safe, that they're fed". "Everybody has been incredible". "And I want to thank the first lady", he said.

Some victims stranded by the storm managed to summon relief by using logs to spell out "HELP" on the ground, officials in Bay County, which includes Mexico Beach, said in a Facebook post.

CrowdSource Rescue said its teams were trying to check on 1,300 people in the disaster zone in the Florida Panhandle who are unaccounted for by loved ones, down from about 2,100 as of Friday, according to Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of the Houston-based group.

"Will be leaving for Florida and Georgia with the First Lady to tour the hurricane damage and visit with FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement". 41NBC's Tucker Sargent will be at the base when President Trump arrives and will have more on the president's day tonight on 41NBC News at 5, 5:30, and 6pm.

"When I arrived to her home, her entire roof was lying in her front yard", said volunteer Russ Montgomery from San Antonio.

A state of emergency was declared in Florida and on Sunday a similar declaration was made in Georgia. "We came back around, made a second attempt, some still chose to stay", he said. All of your people have been fantastic working with FEMA, working with the first responders, working with local law enforcement. The confirmed death toll remained at 17 on Tuesday (NZT), but authorities said they expected the number to go higher. The owner, Michael Rollins, told Trump he rode out the storm.

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