Trump Gets Bird's-Eye View of Devastated Florida Communities

Gwen Vasquez
October 16, 2018

President Donald Trump got a bird's-eye view of Florida Panhandle communities shattered by Hurricane Michael.

The media followed as Trump flew over the devastated Mexico Beach community, and heavily-damaged Tyndall Air Force Base. And water can be very damaging, and scary, when you see water rising 14 or 15 feet.

The storm that smacked Florida's Panhandle was one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, leaving a trail of destruction stretching as far as Virginia.

It was previously announced that Trump would also inspect south Georgia, which was also battered by the storm that came ashore on Florida's Gulf Coast last week before it moved up the East Coast.

In Georgia, officials are receiving reports that 84 chicken houses - estimated to hold more than 2 million chickens - were destroyed in the storm, which also caused severe damage to pecan, cotton, vegetable and peanut crops.

Florida Governor Rick Scott described Mexico Beach as looking like "a war zone".

"Thank God we're not seeing that as a critical need", said Harris.

"It is incredible, the power of the storm", Trump said in televised remarks.

"Some of them have no trace of a home".

"Rick Scott, your governor, has done an incredible job, and all of your people have been wonderful - working with FEMA, working with the first responders, and always law enforcement", Trump said before boarding a helicopter to survey the storm-damaged areas.

"For me the cotton crop is as bad as it gets". Those figures do not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program or uninsured property, AIR Worldwide said.

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Thirty-nine residents now remain unaccounted for in Mexico Beach after category 4 Hurricane Michael roared ashore on the Florida Panhandle; Mike Tobin reports.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departed Washington Monday morning for a visit to Florida and Georgia, where they will highlight ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael as dozens still remain missing in the wake of the deadly storm.

Rescuers said they expected the death toll to rise and they were using cadaver dogs and heavy equipment to search through collapsed homes in small towns such as Mexico Beach and Panama City for more victims.

Mexico Beach has not confirmed any deaths from the storm, but Cathey said, "If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle".

The mayor told ABC News that 46 people out of the town of some 1,000 remained missing or unaccounted for as of Sunday. Homeowners were advised to keep toilet flushes to a minimum because the sewer system was operating only at half capacity.

As of Sunday, the storm had killed almost 20 people in four states, while dozens more remained missing in Florida Panhandle communities, Reuters reported.

Power crews have been working sunup to sundown to try and restore electricity to the tens of thousands of people in the hardest hit areas.

Michael hit land on October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 155 miles per hour winds, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the continental U.S. since records have been kept.

Trump visited a FEMA aid distribution center in Lynn Haven, and stated that those involved in the recovery efforts are "doing more than anybody would have ever done".

Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia last week, releasing federal resources to help the state. A similar declaration had already been made for Florida.

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