Mike Huckabee on Thursday called in to "America's Newsroom" from his home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where he rode out Hurricane Michael.

Huckabee said he was very fortunate that Santa Rosa Beach is located west of the storm's eye, which spared the area from the catastrophic damage seen in other parts of the Gulf Coast.

"For me, it's the only time I want to be on the left side of anything," Huckabee quipped. "We had relatively little damage compared to what's happened east of us, where it's just mass devastation."

He credited Gov. Rick Scott's (R) leadership before the storm hit and in its aftermath, saying there would have been many more lives lost without the "extraordinary coordination" between Scott, FEMA and local emergency management officials.


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Huckabee revealed that some of his neighbors were unable to ride out the storm in their homes, so they sheltered at his home, which was specifically designed to withstand hurricane-force winds.

"It was scary in a lot of ways," Huckabee said. "It's one of those things you don't want to go through again."

As the recovery efforts begin, Huckabee said one of the great challenges will be a lack of affordable housing for workers in the state's tourism industry.

"There's going to be a huge economic impact over a long period of time, I would say for 18 months or so," Huckabee said. "There's going to be a great level of construction industry activity that'll be going on for the next many months."

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