Almost 50 People Missing in Florida After Hurricane Michael Ravages Beachfront Town

Almost 50 People Missing in Florida After Hurricane Michael Ravages Beachfront Town”

The president and first lady were to arrive at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle, Florida's northwestern region, and were scheduled to return to the White House on Monday evening, the White House said.

"To see this personally is very tough - total devastation", said Trump, who later travelled to neighbouring Georgia to see storm damage there.

As a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, Michael was one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in USA history.

Nola reports that Hurricane Michael's winds are the fourth strongest from a storm making landfall in the United States, behind 1992's Andrew, 1969's Camille, and 1935's "Labor Day Hurricane".

It's been five days since Hurricane Michael decimated Mexico Beach, Florida, and dozens of residents are still nowhere to be found.

It was previously announced that Trump would also inspect south Georgia, which was also battered by the storm that came ashore on Florida's Gulf Coast last week before it moved up the East Coast.

Along with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Federal Emergency Management Association officials and Mayor Margo Anderson, the Trumps toured a neighborhood in the hard-hit town of Lynn Haven, where the damaged roofs of many homes were covered with blue tarps. "So, Rick Scott, thank you", he added.

"We're getting our stuff and we're going", said Jeff Pearsey, 48. "You know, people don't sit and have a whole bunch of extra money in the bank just waiting for a disaster". "Some of them have no trace of a home ... so our big thing is feeding, water and safety". They surveyed damage to cotton crops and pecan trees.

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

Two beds are all that's left of a top floor room whose roof and exterior walls were torn away by the Category 4 storm, which made landfall Wednesday at Mexico Beach packing 250 kilometers an hour winds. Those figures do not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program or uninsured property, AIR Worldwide said.

President Donald Trump is heading to Florida and Georgia to view the destruction left by Hurricane Michael.

President Donald Trump visited Florida on Monday (Oct 15), almost a week after Hurricane Michael slammed the southern USA state, where thousands of people are struggling to survive without running water or electricity.

Rescuers are using cadaver dogs and heavy equipment to search through collapsed homes in small towns such as Mexico Beach and Panama City for more victims.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by blocked roads and huge piles of rubble in many communities such as Mexico Beach, a town of about 1,000 people where the hurricane killed at least one person.

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

Cathey said 46 people who had not evacuated remained unaccounted for on Sunday.

State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis has directed his agency to assist with recovery operations in the devastated area in and around Panama City in Bay County. Homeowners were advised to keep toilet flushes to a minimum because the sewer system was operating only at half capacity. More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida remain without electricity, along with about 120,000 homes and businesses in Georgia.

The White House said late Saturday that Trump was fully committed to helping state and local agencies with the recovery.

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