Joanne Garone Behnke called it "torture" awaiting news about whether her 79-year-old aunt who stayed in Mexico Beach had survived.
President Donald Trump will visit the storm-hit region later on Monday. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The US leader told the farmers over several conversations that his administration was collaborating with local and state officials to support them.
The storm not only destroyed homes and business in the city, it destroyed the Mexico Beach Police Department.
Ten of the people who stayed behind are reportedly children, though there is still no word on how many of them are among the missing.
President Trump flew to the Florida Panhandle Monday to see the devastation left by Hurricane Michael. Officials said they expect the temporary hospital to be able to offer a full range of medical services for a year.
An estimated 30 to 40 people remained unaccounted for in Mexico Beach, according to a city councillor, Rex Putnal.
Many trees were ripped out of the ground, and a number of roofs had holes torn in them by the storm's strong winds.More news: No trespassing: half-sister Meghan Markle not allowed in Kensington Palace
Billy Pardue and Kiersten Phillips line up for daywork cleaning debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla.
A Houston-based organization called CrowdSource that takes calls from anxious family members and sends the details to rescue crews on the ground said it has helped find almost 1,500 people since Michael struck.
Meanwhile, search and rescue teams have crawled and walked through thousands of buildings and ruins for days in places like Mexico Beach, which was virtually wiped out when the storm roared ashore last week.
"Everyone needs help", said Gabriel Schaw, 40, gesturing to a handful of neighbours surrounding his own demolished mobile home in Fountain, Florida.
"This type of living wears on you", Putnal said.
Authorities have set up distribution centers to dole out food and water to victims.
Support is swarming into the affected areas, and two Nebraskans are among those doing everything they can to help. At the White House, on his way to Marine One, he was pressed on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. His home in the city was badly damaged, with a tree through the roof. She had four freezers filled with fish and meat that were starting to spoil and smell.
The president said someone described Hurricane Michael to him as being "like a very wide, extremely wide, tornado". Vann asked her husband, Joseph, with a dismissive tone.
"I want to thank the president for always taking my call-and for showing up". "It's just bad, it's a bad situation", he said.