>> Almost unrecognizable, this is the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history. With winds of up to 155 miles per hour and 14 foot storm surge, Michael shredded homes and brought down trees and power lines. Rescuers on Saturday still searching for more victims, but roads blocked by the wreckage have hampered those efforts.
One way crews have reached the stranded was by air. So far, 18 have been killed, that number expected to rise as hundreds along the Florida Panhandle remain unaccounted for. Reuter's correspondent, Rod Nickel.>> I asked the FEMA spokesperson, why the death count is still so low when we are seeing a lot of missing persons reports?
And he just described the difficult task of doing this search. Houses are in places where they weren't before Hurricane Michael. Some houses are gone, presumably swept out to sea. And of course, there are piles of rubble everywhere made by Hurricane Michael. So it's a huge needle in a haystack type of task.
>> Mexico Beach, a small town of about 1,000, was ground zero for the storm, reducing neighborhoods to piles of wood and stone.>> It's completely gone, there's nothing left.>> Leaving residents like Sibery Attilus trying to pick up the pieces.>> We're able to cut down some trees and stuff at our home property, but everything else, it's a devastation, like a bomb just went off here.
>> In a video posted by the White House, President Trump pledged his support to the victims.>> We're with you 100%, it's all getting done, and it's getting done rapidly and correctly.>> He'll be visiting Florida and Georgia next week to assess the damage. As of Saturday, nearly one million homes and businesses were without power on the East Coast, and it could be weeks before power is restored to the most devastated parts of Florida.