"You know many of these people, they have no homes", Trump said upon arrival at Eglin from Washington. Earlier, he remarked that he is "just making sure everyone is safe". With winds reaching 155 miles per hour, the monster storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle, leaving behind a trail of destruction FEMA's chief described as among the worst he's ever seen.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump both got a bird's-eye and ground-level view Monday of the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Michael as it smashed across the Northeast Florida Panhandle and into Georgia last week.
The coastal township of Mexico Beach was all but wiped out, with entire homes swept from their foundations. Debris was everywhere. Near Mexico Beach, a water tower lay on its side and trucks were scattered like toys in a parking lot.
"It's hard to believe".
Jenson knows that despite her family's loss, some in Mexico Beach were hit even harder. "To see this, personally, it's very tough".
The President said that electric companies have been "really incredible and responsive" in getting power back to homes that survived last week's devastating hurricane, but noted that many homes were destroyed by the storm. Rollins extolled the virtues of first responders.
Authorities have set up distribution centers to dole out food and water to victims.
U.S. President Donald Trump got a first-hand look on Monday at the "total devastation" that Hurricane Michael brought to Florida, as rescuers searched for scores of missing people and hundreds of thousands of residents remained without power. "Everybody has been incredible".
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"When you have the percentage, tell me what the percentage is". "And I want to thank the first lady", he said.
More than 1,700 search and rescue workers were deployed, Scott's office said, including seven swift-water rescue teams and almost 300 ambulances.
"I'm staying out here to try to keep away looters, to try to save what I can save", said Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient, who has been living out of a tent and broken-down minivan.
Mary Frances Parrish reacts outside her heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
Later in the afternoon, Trump arrived in Macon, Georgia, and gave a briefing at an American Red Cross building. The Trumps will travel to a recovering area of Georgia the same day.
Michael knocked out power across the South, and Sunday night nearly 700,000 remained powerless across five states, including 188,000 in Florida. A similar declaration had already been made for Florida. "There's people waving at us down there as they are out cleaning up", Holton said.
"This is everything we own right here", he said, standing over a heap of clothes, books, furniture and other belongings.
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.
The president said he will ask Congress for supplementary funding for disaster aid. State officials also said that they have received multiple reports of damaged pecan, cotton, vegetable and peanut crops.