Almost 2 million, mostly in Florida, without power in Irma's wake

Walking through mobile homes ravaged by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., President Trump praised first responders and residents for doing an "incredible" job on rescue and recovery.

The visit comes as lawmakers from Florida have made appeals to their colleagues in Congress to give more disaster relief aid to FEMA, anxious that the scope of the damage in Florida will require more resources to be approved in coming weeks.

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said as he toured the damaged neighborhood, promising that he would be back to Florida "numerous times".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that more than 38,000 federal personnel are now working to respond to Hurricane Irma, including staff from the military and civilian agencies.

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Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday in Florida and neighboring states.

Ros-Lehtinen, who has often criticized the president, said the coordination between the federal government and state and local officials was a vast improvement from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

"I don't know what he's going to do". About 110,000 people remain in shelters across the state.

That storm killed 1,800 people around New Orleans.

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As Trump passed out food with Pence and the first lady, people thanked them for coming and seemed more interested in selfies than sandwiches. Another told Trump that he had "married well".

Trump's comments Thursday go against the hyperbolic language he used in the lead-up and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Florida's southwestern coast is a haven for retirees seeking warm weather and handsome sunsets across the Gulf of Mexico.

The death toll includes eight elderly people who died after being exposed to sweltering heat inside a nursing home north of Miami that had been left with little or no air conditioning after the hurricane struck.

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Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will be in the Naples area, in southwest Florida. Widespread outages led to long lines outside of the relatively few stores, gas stations and restaurants that had reopened. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.

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