Rescue Efforts Continue in US Amid Hurricane Michael Devastation


Several people have been killed and thousands evacuated from their homes as the category-four hurricane damaged and destroyed houses, hospitals, roads and water systems across the Florida panhandle.

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

Reporters trailed the president in a separate helicopter. "This is really incredible", Trump said. But five days after the storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle, patience is running thin. They were greeted by Republican Governor Rick Scott, FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long, Congressman Matt Gaetz, (R), and other officials.

US President Donald Trump would visit Florida and Georgia on Tuesday (NZT) after declaring states of emergency in both.

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.

But the severity of the damage worsened significantly as Trump approached 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. In some cases, only the foundations were left standing.

A water tower lay on its side.

But the electric utility said it will take longer for downtown Panama City and other towns closer to where Michael roared onshore.

Reporters trailing Mr. Trump flew over Panama City and Mexico Beach and observed thousands of uprooted trees stacked in uneven rows, homes with roofs ripped open or missing completely.

"Let me be clear- the storm surge that our coastal counties are facing is deadly", Scott tweeted. "The house is not livable, so I don't know". "I have two dogs and a parrot", Rollins told the president.

While power was returning in most areas, at least 85 percent of customers in four mainly rural Panhandle counties were without electricity on Monday. 41NBC's Tucker Sargent will be at the base when President Trump arrives and will have more on the president's day tonight on 41NBC News at 5, 5:30, and 6pm.

They also evacuated 50 to 100 people in a Lynn Haven neighborhood after discovering a gas leak while searching for victims.

In Houston, the organization is piloting a project to map community vulnerability to future disasters, while in Puerto Rico the team is providing long-term access to safe water and developing community response to the psychological and social impact of Hurricane Maria.

"Rick Scott, your governor, has done an incredible job, and all of your people have been fantastic - working with FEMA, working with the first responders, and, always, law enforcement", Trump told reporters upon arriving at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday morning.

Scott thanked Trump, who he said had "come through and done exactly what he said he was going to do".

"We talked nearly every day".

MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said in a press release: "Just as other states have responded to our requests through EMAC to bolster our disaster response and recovery operations in MA, including the response to the September 2018 natural gas pipeline incident in the greater Lawrence area, we are able to support Florida as it deals with the impacts of Hurricane Michael".