Trump praises Gov. Scott’s hurricane response

Jan Cross
October 16, 2018

Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times.

Moody's Analytics is predicting that the final economic cost of Hurricane Michael may be as high as $21 billion, less than half of the estimated cost of Hurricane Florence ($38 billion to $50 billion), where flooding caused a great deal of damage. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. "That's because they've go nowhere to go". She didn't leave the storm because her vehicle was broken down, she didn't have a place to go and if she did she didn't have the money for it.

It's been five days since Hurricane Michael decimated Mexico Beach, and dozens of residents are still nowhere to be found.

How many others were not so fortunate was still not clear. "I just don't know how yet", he told CNN.

To her disappointment, it read: "We're still working on it. we'll keep you posted".

Mexico Beach Police Chief Anthony Kelly, said it was tough to get people to leave their homes as the hurricane approached.

Two beds are all that's left of a top floor room whose roof and exterior walls were torn away by the Category 4 storm, which made landfall Wednesday at Mexico Beach packing 250 kilometers an hour winds.

Residents began to come to grips with the destruction and face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead.

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Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputies are hard at work assisting people in the northwest part of the state. Authorities, however, have not been able to identify any of the victims yet.

"We can not thank them enough for their hard work and dedication", Florida Governor Rick Scott said Monday. Rentz said he's still digging up peanuts, but the problem is storing them without electricity.

"I'm just glad he's not in pain anymore", Casteel said.

The mood at the aid distribution center seemed lighthearted despite the surrounding devastation, as Trump bantered with a crowd that seemed more interested in selfies with him than in the bottled water he was offering in the heat and humidity.

Michael smashed into Florida's western coast last Wednesday, packing winds of 155 miles (250 kilometers) an hour as it began a northern march through several states, killing at least 18 people, according to USA media reports.

Cathey and a city clerk both confirmed that as of Sunday, 46 of those people are still missing. That number had previously been 285, but officials think many left right before the storm hit. "As this team heads to Florida, we are actively monitoring for additional requests to support response and recovery operations". Airbnb announced that 900 homes have been made available to displaced survivors for free in Florida and adjacent states. "Every piece of property, if it isn't, you know, got have something wrong with it, it's leveled".

Melissa and Rodney Reinhardt spent days wondering whether Rodney's 79-year-old father survived the storm at his home in the devastated Port St. Joe area. She and her son raced into the bathtub, she said, as her husband sat on the floor and put his feet up against the bathroom door to hold it. "It's scary. Seeing the pictures on the news makes it even scarier". State officials also said that they have received multiple reports of damaged pecan, cotton, vegetable and peanut crops.

"It was a happy ending", Melissa Reinhardt said. First Lady Melania Trump was with the president, and they were met by Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who lives in nearby Walton County. The president will fly over some of those areas today.

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