Hurricane Michael death toll climbs to 26 including 16 people in Florida

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Lackey estimated that he and his uncle spent about 20 to 30 percent more for the upgrades but said they were "totally worth it".

The White House has not released detail of his visit ahead of his arrival in Middle Georgia.

After the helicopter tour, the President, first lady, Scott and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen surveyed a street of damaged homes in nearby Lynn Haven.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, after arriving at Eglin Air Force Base to visit areas affected by Hurricane Michael, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Gee had thought her grandmother and other two relatives had evacuated before the Category 4 storm with 155 miles per hour winds made landfall in Mexico Beach and roared across Florida's Panhandle into Georgia, flattening trees and damaging structures in its wake.

Service in Bay and Gulf counties (Florida), including Mexico Beach, has been largely restored. Eighteen-wheelers were scattered in a parking lot like children's toys.

The Trumps then flew over devastated parts of Mexico Beach and Panama City, Florida.

Trump landed at an airport near Panama City, where power poles bowed toward the ground, pieces of metal roofing were scattered in brush land and pine trees had been uprooted or were snapped off halfway up their straight trunks. You see no houses left.

Trump cited the "thousands and thousands" of fix workers trying to restore power and.

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As the hurricane closed in last week and more than 375,000 people were warned to evacuate, emergency authorities had expressed frustration that many residents weren't leaving.

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

"I did not know the force of nature could be this bad", Rollins said. A witness told the station that he saw a man entering the squad vehicle and yell, "I'm looting".

Almost 163,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the U.S. Southeast, with residents of battered coastal towns forced to cook on fires and barbecue grills.

"Due to these outages, families are having a hard time communicating with loved ones, first responders have faced challenges communicating and people are having difficulty getting their prescriptions filled because of the inability to connect to a network", his office said.

Trump, standing beside Scott, a fellow Republican who is running for the US Senate in the November 6 congressional elections, said the day's biggest objective was "just making sure everyone is safe, that they're fed".

"At every point, from pilings to the roof and everything in between, when it came time to make a decision about what level of material or what to use, we didn't pay attention to code", Lackey told CNN. He also thanked Scott and told him he's a "great governor".

Scott returned the praise, saying that Trump has always followed through on federal promises of support. "Somebody said it was like a very wide, you mean extremely wide, tornado".

He tweeted after arriving in Florida that he is "also thinking about our GREAT Alabama farmers and our many friends in North and SC today".

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