The Latest: Trump sees storm damage near Mexico Beach
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local):
President Donald Trump got a bird’s-eye view of Florida Panhandle communities shattered by Hurricane Michael.
The president initially saw uprooted trees and houses with blue tarps covering damaged roofs after taking off from Eglin Air Force Base by helicopter. But the severity of the damage worsened as Trump approached the town of Mexico Beach. Reporters trailed him in a separate helicopter.
A water tower lay on its side. Eighteen-wheelers were scattered in a parking lot like children’s toys. Many houses had no roofs or had been ripped from their foundations.
Trump also saw Tyndall Air Force Base, which was heavily damaged by Michael.
The president is back on the ground near Panama City after the nearly hour-long aerial tour.
President Donald Trump is praising Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his response to Hurricane Michael.
Scott greeted Trump when he arrived in Florida on Monday to get his first up-close look at the devastation the storm caused along the Florida Panhandle.
Trump says “the job they’ve done is Florida has been incredible.” He also thanked Scott and told him he’s a “great governor.”
Scott says he’s gotten everything he’s asked for from the federal government.
The Florida Panhandle took a direct hit from Michael. More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida remain without electricity. Trump praised electric company crews for helping restore some power.
Trump and his wife, Melania, were headed out on an aerial tour of affected areas.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have arrived in Florida to survey damage in the state as well in Georgia from Hurricane Michael.
Trump landed Monday at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso. The White House has not identified the communities Trump will visit.
The president tweeted before leaving the White House that he will meet with law enforcement and government officials aiding the massive recovery effort. He said “maximum effort is taking place, everyone is working very hard. Worst hit in 50 years!”
The Florida Panhandle took a direct hit from Michael. More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida remain without electricity, along with about 120,000 homes and businesses in Georgia.
The death toll stood at 17, including one confirmed death in Florida.