Donald Trump Witnesses Hurricane Michael Devastation in Florida

Donald Trump Witnesses Hurricane Michael Devastation in Florida

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema), Brock Long, warned that the death toll could rise.

As of Monday morning, the death toll from Hurricane Michael was at 18.

Scott said crews were also distributing food, water and fuel to residents who have faced long lines for supplies.

"You know many of these people, they have no homes", Trump said before boarding a helicopter to tour the stricken area in northwestern Florida.

More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida were without electricity as of Sunday, along with about 120,000 in Georgia, where Trump also planned to survey hurricane damage.

Hurricane Michael hit land on October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the continental United States since records began.

"I would say every single school in Bay County has some type of damage, some more extensive than others", said Steve Moss, vice chairman of the Bay District School Board.

The city announced the spills Saturday evening.

Tyndall Air Force Base, located between Panama City and Mexico Beach, suffered extensive damage and reports had speculated on the fate of a number of F-22 fighter jets that could not be flown out ahead of Michael's arrival. The Florida Democrat said that older buildings on the base were demolished, while newer structures are in need of substantial fix.

"Having lived through Hurricane Andrew in south Florida (in 1992), it's going to take a while", she told VOA.

The base was home to some of the nation's most advanced fighter jets but Nelson said he could not comment on how many planes were on the base during the storm or how many were damaged.

At least eight people, including Sweet, have died in Florida.

Many places are still without power in seven states from Florida to Virginia and rescue efforts have been hindered by fallen trees and other debris blocking roads.

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Lewis' crew, the Salty Water Rescue Services, which is made up local law enforcement and fire rescue officials from Cocoa Beach, found a woman in her 80s who had no food and just a few bottles of water left.

Currently, there are almost 192,000 customers in Florida without electricity.

President Trump flew to the Florida Panhandle Monday to see the devastation left by Hurricane Michael.

Trump is fully committed to helping state and local agencies with the recovery, the White House said.

The Florida Panhandle took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael, which ravaged the coastline last week with powerful 155 miles per hour winds.

Trump toured parts of the Carolinas last month after Hurricane Florence.

President Trump signed a declaration Sunday saying the federal government will, for now, pay for 100 percent of the cleanup in Florida, temporarily easing the financial burden on the state.

The facilities sustained significant roof damage, as well as damage to infrastructure critical for security.

The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has set up temporary centers in Panama City and Tallahassee to help policyholders with claims. No prisoners or staff members were injured during the hurricane.

"This is our home and we grew up here, they're going to want to get back in here and rebuild".

Authorities, however, have not been able to identify any of the victims yet.

Hundreds of patients were taken Friday to hospitals across Florida and as far away as Mobile, Alabama, in a parade of ambulances and medical helicopters.

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