President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington to board Marine One helicopter for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Florida to tour areas the devastation left behind from Hurricane Michael last week.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott greeted Trump upon his arrival at Eglin Air Force Base, and Trump immediately praised Scott for an "incredible" storm response.
The president's exact itinerary was not released late on Sunday but he and the first lady are scheduled to arrive at Elgin Air Force Base in the Panhandle about 11:30 a.m. local time on Monday and are not scheduled to return to the White House until 8:30 p.m., the White House said.
Trump, who traveled to North and SC after they were hit by Hurricane Florence last month, said previous storm sites he had visited seemed to have been hit hardest by water but that Florida's damage was more wind-related.
"The job they've done in Florida has been incredible".
"Look behind you. I mean, those massive trees are just ripped out of the earth". You're a great governor. You really have been. "He steps up in the biggest emergencies and the biggest problems".
Florida and Georgia have been witnessing the barbarous consequences of Hurricane Michael that knocked into Florida on Wednesday.
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Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking apart.
A U.S. couple who used tumbled trees to spell out HELP after being trapped by Hurricane Michael were rescued after their niece saw their plea on an aerial map.
Across the south-eastern United States, 18 people have died as a result of Hurricane Michael.
Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people.
Crews worked to clear building debris along with the rubble from a collapsed section of the beachfront highway. But co-founder Matthew Marchetti said it was still looking for more than 1,350 in the hurricane-affected area. Completing the checks could take days or weeks. Crews need to go door-to-door because there is no power, and cellphone service is spotty. The storm caused widespread destruction leaving several in dread.
"For me, the cotton crop is as bad as it gets". Forecasters said the storm's damage could cost as much as $30bn.
Scott said FEMA had granted all his requests and that he'd spoken with Trump "almost every day".
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"We are talking about poor people, many of them are older, miles from each other, isolated in many cases from roads, including some dirt roads that are cut off right now", Sen.
"This (storm) hit so hard and so fast that the different aspects of human nature is going to come out, and people are going to do anything to survive", Panama City resident Christopher Donahue told CNN affiliate WEAR-TV. There is a shortage of food and water also.
Some people have resorted to looting.
In Panama City, where Trump landed, power poles bowed toward the ground, pieces of metal roofing were scattered about and pine trees had been uprooted or snapped in half.
A "looter" was met with deadly force in hurricane-ravaged Panama City after attempting to steal a police vehicle.
Others in the city are trying to retain a sense of normalcy.
Amber Gee and her family experienced property damage, but their hurricane tale includes a happy ending. "I was picking three bale cotton (this week); today it is gone", cotton farmer and state Rep. Clay Pirkle said.More news: France floods: At least five dead as flash floods strike Aude