Trump Surveys Hurricane Michael Damage

Pablo Tucker
October 16, 2018

"Hopefully we will not (find more dead) but realistically it's a possibility", he said. "Buildings ripped apart. There was actually a Dollar General store where the front wall and the roof were all ripped off, but you could perfectly see the aisles of the store, but none of the walls were there", Studebaker said.

The Trumps also planned to visit part of Georgia that was hit by Michael before they return to the White House on Monday evening, the White House said. "This was beyond any winds that they've seen".

At least 18 deaths in four states have been blamed on Michael, which crashed into the Panhandle last Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms on record to hit the continental United States.

Florida First Lady Ann Scott announced in a video message that she would be stepping in on behalf of her husband, GOP Gov. Rick Scott, on the Senate campaign trail indefinitely.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated that more than 58 evacuations and 403 rescues had been completed since Hurricane Michael made landfall.


Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, said he does believe the climate is shifting, but argued that any worsening may not be permanent, as well as questioning the overwhelming scientific agreement that global warming is caused by human activity. There is something there.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Georgia to survey damage by Hurricane Michael. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle last week as the strongest storm to strike the continental United States in almost 50 years. "Who knows? That's what the numbers are". The owner, Michael Rollins, told Trump he rode out the storm.

He has even dismissed worldwide pushes to reduce greenhouse gases as a hoax invented by rival China to cripple U.S. industrial might.

Power lines and telephone networks remained out of service in many neighbourhoods, with only major highways cleared.

"You know many of these people, they have no homes", Trump said before boarding a helicopter to tour the stricken area in northwestern Florida.


April Hand spent Saturday checking on property damage to the home of her fiance's aunt and uncle outside Panama City, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, when she noticed the SOS.

Both Bay and Gulf counties still have very limited cell phone service, hindering survivors' abilities to look for their thousands of missing family members.

One mother in Callaway, just northeast of Panama City, says she and her children have not a hot meal since the storm hit. "I'm just happy that everybody is safe and sound and, hopefully, soon we will all get through this together and recover from this storm". The pile of rubble that was once her Mexico Beach home is shallow, too shallow for a body to go unnoticed, Garone Behnke tells herself.

As President Donald Trump visited the devastated zone, the death toll from Michael's march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17, with just one confirmed death so far in 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.


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