Mexico Beach residents survey Michael's devastation

Hurricane Michael: Death Toll Rises To 18; More Than 1,000 Still Reported Missing

"Rick Scott, your governor, has done an incredible job, and all of your people have been unbelievable - working with FEMA, working with the first responders, and always law enforcement", Trump said before boarding a helicopter to survey the storm-damaged areas.

Thirty-nine residents now remain unaccounted for in Mexico Beach after category 4 Hurricane Michael roared ashore on the Florida Panhandle; Mike Tobin reports. "Some of them have no trace of a home ... so our big thing is feeding, water and safety".

Trump said Monday that there are thousands of personnel now working to restore power to the area, but noted one issue is that many homes have been devastated beyond fix. Some people don't have access to vehicles, and travel can be costly.

Trump initially saw uprooted trees and houses with blue tarps covering damaged roofs after his helicopter lifted from Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will also visit the Panhandle Monday to see what needs to be done in more rural inland areas.

"We don't have a building - from my understanding, the water surge moved it off its foundation", Police Chief Anthony Kelly told ABC News on Friday. You've got people living in houses with the tops off and they're looking up at the sky. Not even the pads are left.

Anthony Weldon, 11, left, pulls a cart with his family's belongings as he relocates with his brother Thomas, 10, mother Dawn Clarke, right, and father Richard Coker from their uninhabitable damaged home to stay at their landlord's place in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Fla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. He said that the company had no service in Bay County for six days and that "we need the same response" from Verizon as "we have seen from our electric companies".

"We're doing the best with what we have, and we thank the Lord for that", said Debra Zahara.

According to reporters who followed the president in a separate helicopter, a water tower could be seen lying on its side, huge trucks lay scattered in a parking lot and many houses were roofless. "And they're thinking that it might be a long time also in the actual city of Blountstown".

The hurricane was a strong category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour when it hit land which devastated many beach towns including Mexico Beach and Panama City. Each F-22 cost the government about $339 million to develop and acquire.

Right after the storm, state officials said thousands of calls inquiring about missing people came in to authorities and non-profit groups.

Later Monday afternoon, Trump and Melania visited a Red Cross center and spoke with state and local officials in Warner Robins, Georgia. More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida remain without electricity, along with about 120,000 homes and businesses in Georgia. The confirmed death toll remained at 17 on Tuesday (NZT), but authorities said they expected the number to go higher.

"We're working on it".

"I told him he was out of his mind", Beck said, adding that he offered him a seat in his auto.

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