Donald Trump visits Florida towns wiped out by Hurricane Michael

Mexico Beach Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Oct 12 2018

"Rick Scott, your governor, has done an incredible job, and all of your people have been fantastic - working with FEMA, working with the first responders, and always law enforcement", Trump said before boarding a helicopter to survey the storm-damaged areas. The death toll was expected to rise as rescue officials continue their search for bodies or survivors. But both he and Scott sidestepped questions on whether they anticipate more deaths to be announced in the days ahead.

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.

In a statement last week, Baker said: "The commonwealth stands at the ready to assist residents in Florida and neighboring states as they deal with the immediate and long-term impacts of Hurricane Michael".

Power lines and telephone networks remained out of service in many neighborhoods, with only major highways cleared. But co-founder Matthew Marchetti said it is still looking for more than 1,350 in the hurricane-affected area.

According to the News & Record, the city says the downstream areas were inspected and cleaned up where necessary.

Trump landed Monday at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso.

There are many ways to help the victims of Hurricane Michael. The Florida Democrat said that older buildings on the base were demolished, while newer structures are in need of substantial fix. The Trumps planned to return to Washington on Monday evening, the White House said.

"Having lived through Hurricane Andrew in south Florida (in 1992), it's going to take a while", she told VOA. But Nelson, who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said that fears that Tyndall will close are in his opinion "unfounded". Forecasters said the storm's damage could cost as much as $30bn. Gulf Power is the main utility serving most of the area devastated by the deadly storm.

Currently, there are almost 192,000 customers in Florida without electricity. The White House has not identified the communities Trump will visit.

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Michael smashed into Florida's western coast on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm, packing winds of 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour as it began a northern march through several states on the United States' southeast coast, killing at least 17 people.

So far, eight people have been reported dead in Florida, five in Virginia, three in North Carolina and one person was killed in Georgia.

At a campaign rally Saturday in Kentucky, Trump praised individuals involved in the massive recovery effort and pledged that "we will not rest until the job is done". Trump last month visited North and SC after they were hit by Hurricane Florence.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump sanctioned a disaster declaration in Georgia for areas including Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole.

The facilities sustained significant roof damage, as well as damage to infrastructure critical for security. "We're probably done with Panama City". No inmates or staff members were injured.

But with mobile service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just have not been able to contact friends or family.

'If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle, ' Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told Florida media. "There's nothing normal about where we are right now", Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt told CNN affiliate WMBB.

Some residents were packing up and getting as far away as they could.

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