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Donald and Melania Trump Visit Florida 5 Days After Hurricane Michael's Landfall

16 Octobre 2018

Trump took a helicopter tour over Mexico Beach and also saw the badly damaged Tyndall Air Force base.

Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, arrived Monday at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida, where they were greeted by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William "Brock" Long, among others. "You wouldn't even know it", Trump said, adding that the government's priority was to provide food, power and safety to those affected.

Lane, her husband and her son rode out the storm on the second story of an inn down the street from her home.

Members of search and rescue crew are seen next to property damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.

Mr Zahralban spoke as his team - which included a dog - was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 miles per hour winds.

"It's hard to believe". "To see this, personally, it's very tough".

"Here today the weather is just as lovely as it can be, but you look around, all you see is devastation, its god terrible", he says.

The death toll from Michael's destructive march from Florida through to Virginia stood at 17, with one confirmed death in Mexico Beach, 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.

"I just want to mention that while we're here we're going to be doing a pretty big tour and then we're going to Georgia", the president said upon landing in Florida.

Vann praised the efforts of first responders after the storm.

Margo Anderson, the mayor of Lynn Haven, Florida, accompanied the president, who shook hands and chatted with residents on the street. Another woman thanked the first lady for her anti-bullying campaign.

President Trump is set to visit Florida and areas affected by Hurricane Michael on Monday.

After meeting briefly with the FEMA personnel, Trump rounded the corner at the front of the vehicle, and the hundreds of people visiting the impromptu distribution center broke into cheers and applause.

"We can not thank them enough for their hard work and dedication", Florida Governor Rick Scott said Monday. "Everybody has been incredible". You're a great governor. "We're getting things done pretty quick", Kremeier said.

"I'm staying out here to try to keep away looters, to try to save what I can save", said Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient, who has been living out of a tent and broken-down minivan.

Later in the afternoon, Trump arrived in Macon, Georgia, and gave a briefing at an American Red Cross building.

State officials say they will announce storm-related fatalities once they are certified by local medical examiners who have gone through the steps of positively identifying those who died and performing autopsies to determine cause of death.

Over the weekend, he made a disaster declaration for Georgia's Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, and Seminole counties.

"Looking in the debris, seeing photos of grandkids, people that we know that have come back here year after year, that's the emotional side", he said.

"We just left Florida and the people there are thrilled with our people and our talent".

"These are massive trees that have been just ripped out of the earth", Trump said.

Emergency officials checked on him Thursday night and said he was there, but that was all the information they received.

Donald and Melania Trump Visit Florida 5 Days After Hurricane Michael's Landfall