Hurricane Michael made landfall this afternoon along the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with top sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.
As NewsChannel 34's Mark Meredith shows us, President Trump says he's closely monitoring the hurricane's impact on Florida.
“We’re expecting a lot of damage..." Trump says.
The President says he hopes to visit Florida’s panhandle region early next week to tour the damage.
"You're going to see a lot of destruction..."
As the storm approached...officials dispatched first responders across the southeast.
Senator Bill Nelson says help is on standby.
"There are two military bases in Alabama and Georgia…they are pre-positioned so they can get in quickly,” Nelson says.
Officials say several states are at risk for damage. FEMA says people living in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia may also face widespread power outages.
Brock Long a FEMA Administrator says, “High winds are going to impact…the vegetation that's there bringing down trees, bringing down power lines with them."
Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he's confident FEMA is equipped to handle the situation. He says government funding to deal with the storm is already lined up.
"I believe there are sufficient funds to get us through the next few months...there will have to be an assessment of where the damages were,” Rubio says.