For those without much, Hurricane Michael creates hardship

A search-and-rescue team walks past a debris pile from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

A search-and-rescue team walks past a debris pile from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

The president and first lady initially arrived in the area aboard Air Force One, the presidential jet, which landed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach shortly after 10 a.m. And water can be very damaging, and scary, when you see water rising 14 or 15 feet.

The Florida Panhandle took a direct hit from Michael.

"Sen. Nelson has been in storm-ravaged Panhandle counties before and since the hurricane trying to make sure the folks there are not forgotten and get what they need", Nelson spokesman Nate Evans said.

Florida's Panama City, along with the smaller resort of Mexico Beach, were left particularly devastated, with thousands of homes and businesses destroyed.

In Lynn Haven, Trump chatted with residents and praised the crews that had cleared roads on his route.

Trump, standing beside Scott, a fellow Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate in the November 6 congressional elections, said the day's biggest objective was "just making sure everyone is safe, that they're fed".

"We're getting things done pretty quick", Kremeier said.

"Thirty days, you won't even recognize it", he said.

Standing next to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in Lynn Haven, the president said, "We've called for maximum relief".

They are set to visit parts of the Florida Panhandle and southwest Georgia once Air Force One is set to land just before noon.

Studebaker was also deployed to Hurricane Florence damaged areas, but said damage from Hurricane Michael is much worse.

It came ashore ashore on Florida's Gulf Coast and moved up the U.S. east coast leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Those figures do not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program or uninsured property, AIR Worldwide said.

"I'm going to Georgia, Rick Scott, your governor, has done an incredible job, and all of your people have been unbelievable - working with FEMA, working with the first responders, and always law enforcement", Trump told reporters.

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local): Noon President Donald Trump got a bird's-eye view of Florida Panhandle communities... But the severity of the damage worsened significantly as Trump approached Mexico Beach, a town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map in a direct hit from the hurricane and its 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds last week. Evacuation process is still underway in Mexico Beach as it is presumed that out of a total population of 1000 people, 285 are still unaccounted for and could be trapped in isolated areas.

"If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle", Al Cathey, mayor of Mexico Beach, a town of about 1,000, told Florida media.

Patronis is from Bay County and his family owns a restaurant in Panama City Beach. Homeowners were advised to keep toilet flushes to a minimum because the sewer system was operating only at half capacity.

An emailed statement Sunday afternoon from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency said that included customers of Georgia Power, the cooperatvies of the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation and various municipalities.

Trump said Monday that there are thousands of personnel now working to restore power to the area, but noted one issue is that many homes have been devastated beyond fix. Moving to take his family inside, Swett said he looked back to see an officer at the side of the vehicle with a gun then later heard a shot.

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