_MANDATORY COURTESY WTXL, NO ACCESS TALLAHASSEETallahassee, Florida - 11 October 20181. Florida Gov. Rick Scott climbs out of helicopter2. Gov. Scott walking away from helicopter3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida_Panama City Beach and Panama City you saw a lot of destruction. In Panama City we went to see basically Bay Medical Center. You the hospital there being evacuated. I talked to both hospitals yesterday and we've been sending down ambulances and helping them get evacuated. They're evacuating._ASSOCIATED PRESSBay County, Florida - 11 October 20184. Various, Gov. Scott with soldiers and law enforcement officersWTXL_ MANDATORY COURTESY WTXL, NO ACCESS TALLAHASSEETallahassee, Florida - 11 October 20185. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida_We also went to a school and their gymnasium, it was just, the two sides of it was gone. Just completely gone. The basketball court's sides. It's just gone._ASSOCIATED PRESSPanama City, Florida - 11 October 20186. Damaged school gymnasium7. Gov. Scott and law enforcement officials near damaged gymnasiumWTXL_ MANDATORY COURTESY WTXL, NO ACCESS TALLAHASSEETallahassee, Florida - 11 October 20188. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida_You know if you look at it it is probably in Mexico Beach. It's like. It's like she's like my grandkids. And they get finished playing with stuff it's all over the place and there's no order to it. That's what that was like. There's a lot, a lot of this stuff everywhere. And the, that was the worst. And you saw some bad stuff like in Panama City Beach. And you saw some and in Mexico Beach was the worst._ASSOCIATED PRESSMexico Beach, Florida - 11 October 20189. Man and woman near debris pile10. Trucks drive down debris-strewn streetWTXL_ MANDATORY COURTESY WTXL, NO ACCESS TALLAHASSEETallahassee, Florida - 11 October 201811. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida_DOT is continuing to take on resources to try to get these roads cleared so people.. it's really, the first is to get the search and rescue back first._ASSOCIATED PRESSBay County, Florida - 11 October 201812. Various damaged buildings13. Damaged gas station, debris seen from moving vehicle14. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida_At this point you have to understand there's a lot of downed powerlines. There's a lot in Panama City and there's a lot. And so be really careful careful about that. There's still a lot of downed trees and stuff like that. So be careful about that. If you're going to use generators, know how it works. If you're going to use chainsaws be really careful. You know, look, you survived the storm. Don't get hurt afterwards._ASSOCIATED PRESSBay County, Florida - 11 October 201815. Storm debris near street
Florida Governor Rick Scott toured damage from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle on Thursday and said the worst damage he saw was in the town of Mexico Beach.
Hit head-on by the storm, numerous homes in the Gulf Coast resort town of about 1,190 people were shattered or ripped from their foundations. Boats were tossed like toys. The streets closest to the water looked as if a bomb had gone off.
What the 9-foot (2.7-meter) storm surge didn't destroy, the 155 mph (250 kph) winds finished off.
A National Guard team went into the area and found 20 survivors Wednesday night, and more crews pushed into the stricken zone on Thursday. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.
Governor Scott said finding survivors is the first priority and ambulances are being sent to help a local hospital evacuate.