President Trump visits Florida

Published: Sep. 14, 2017 at 6:40 PM EDT
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President Trump and the First Lady Melania handed out food and water to residents in Naples.

"We are there for you 100 percent," the president told them.

Moments after, he was shaking hands with storm victims trying to put their lives back together.

"He's working hard and you're working hard."

The First Lady later tweeted a video of flooding from the air.

In Fort Myers, the President praised local officials and the heroic work of first responders.

"People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended and the number is a very small number which is a great tribute to you."

In the Fort Myers area, there are still many people without electricity. With more than 20-thousand utility workers statewide, power companies say they are making rapid progress, faster than in previous hurricanes. But there is still work to be done.

"We have restored many of the big blocks of customers and we're going into neighborhoods and in some cases going house to house," said Brian Garner, Florida Power and Light Spokesperson.

In the devastated Florida Keys, power, running water and communications have been virtually non-existent since Sunday.

Officials say full recovery in the Keys could take years