As Hurricane Irma approached the Florida Keys late Saturday into Sunday, President Donald Trump reassured the nation that response personnel were standing by and “ready” to offer help during the potentially catastrophic aftermath of the storm.
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“I think now with what’s happened with the hurricane, I’m going to ask for it to speed up”, he said.
The meeting took place at the presidential retreat in Camp David where Trump is staying for the weekend.
The governor also says he expects the state’s gas stations to have fuel Thursday, after talking with fuel retailers a day earlier.
Irma will be the second hurricane to sweep through the U.S.in recent weeks, after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas and later Louisiana, leaving a trail of devastation.
Cuba started evacuating some of the 51,000 tourists visiting the island, particularly 36,000 people at resorts on the picturesque northern coast.
“Let’s hope there’s no hurricane amnesia”, said White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, as he urged Florida residents to follow evacuation orders from local officials.
Vice President Mike Pence and other Cabinet members also visited FEMA’s headquarters Sunday afternoon. “I wanted a speedup anyway, but now we need it even more so”, the president said Saturday.
“The bad news is that this is some big monster”, Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday, saying damage from the storm would be very costly.
And these aren’t pets who are just being left inside, [Palm Beach County] Director of Animal Care Diane Suave said. Together, we will restore, recover and rebuild. You can install it (directions here) and see anywhere in the US. “We will do it quickly”.
The States of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC have declared states of emergency while about seven million people are being evacuated.