Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump, first lady tour parts of Florida, Georgia devastated by Hurricane Michael

Video A damaged hangar at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida Video A damaged hangar at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida
Ellis Copeland | 16 October, 2018, 16:15

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".

"We have been hit by the weather, there is no question about it", he said.

On the Panhandle, Tyndall Air Force Base "took a beating", so much so that Colonel Brian Laidlaw told the 3,600 men and women stationed on the base not to come back.

With top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Among the hardest hit areas was Mexico Beach, a Florida Panhandle town that Governor Scott said now resembles a war zone. At the White House, on his way to Marine One, he was pressed on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. But the severity of the damage worsened as Trump approached the town of Mexico Beach. Debris was everywhere. Near Mexico Beach, a water tower lay on its side and trucks were scattered like toys in a parking lot.

"It's hard to believe". Mr. Trump even suggested "rogue killers" could be behind Khashoggi's disappearance - he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey - before adding that he didn't know. "To see this, personally, it's very tough".

"If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle", said Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey.

The aftermath of the monster hurricane could have effects beyond the Sunshine State Senate race, but the day-to-day effects have been most pronounced in Florida. That's in addition to about 120,000 in Georgia, where Trump arrived later Monday afternoon and planned to survey hurricane damage.

President Donald Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next week but did not say what day he would arrive. Rollins extolled the virtues of first responders. It also has 42 distribution points throughout Florida and Georgia where people can get food and water. The first lady stood beside the president as he talked with residents.

"I would say every single school in Bay County has some type of damage, some more extensive than others", said Steve Moss, vice chairman of the Bay District School Board. "Everybody has been incredible".

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Scott thanked Trump for assisting the state as they responded to storm victims and worked to recover. "I didn't see nobody in panic mode".

'I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage and circulate the gossip, ' she said.

Gee then used the pictures to get help from local law enforcement, who sent crews to clear the way to the home at around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for a trip to visit areas affected by Hurricane Michael in Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Trump narrowly won Florida over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, boosted by strong voter turnout in the Panhandle.

Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit that entered the devastated community, said: "We have one confirmed deceased and are working to determine if there are others".

A spokesman for MEMA told the Herald yesterday that the team would be assisting with the Infrastructure Branch of the Florida State Emergency Response Team. A similar declaration had already been made previously for Florida.

In a post on its official Facebook page, the city said Monday that residents would be allowed to return if they have proof of residence or photo identification.

"We understand what we are doing is helping people and it's needy, it has to be done". "Some of them have no trace of a home.so our big thing is feeding, water and safety".

The president said he will ask Congress for supplementary funding for disaster aid.

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