Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017|8:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump got a “detailed update” Sunday on Hurricane Irma after the storm hit the Florida Keys, the White House stated, and Vice President Mike Pence urged those in the storm’s course to “heed the cautions” of local officials.
Trump, Pence and numerous Cabinet members participated in the instruction from Camp David, the governmental retreat in Maryland where Trump invested the weekend tracking Irma. Other officials called in from the White Home or Federal Emergency situation Management Agency head office.
Pence and the Cabinet secretaries later checked out FEMA head office.
“The people of Florida have to know that our hearts and our prayers and all of our efforts are with them and will be with them until this storm passes,” the vice president said. He said Irma was dangerous and deadly.
“It’s tremendously crucial that every American in the course of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart,” Pence stated.
Pence said Trump, who was returning to the White Home later on Sunday, has actually been tracking the storm “24/7.”
The White Home stated Trump’s instruction consisted of an update on Irma’s status, anticipated course, evacuations and preparations for response and healing. He thanked FEMA and the Homeland Security Department, which supervises the firm, for their efforts.
Trump also motivated authorities to also stay focused on recovery efforts in southeast Texas following Typhoon Harvey, which triggered serious flooding in Houston and surrounding areas after it made landfall in late August.
Trump likewise talked with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee– four states in Irma’s path. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a first-ever tropical storm caution for Atlanta,
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he likewise talked with Trump on Sunday and the president “stated he was stating prayers for us,” Scott told CBS’ “Face the Country.”
Elaine Duke, acting head of the Homeland Security Department, expressed confidence that the federal government can concurrently handle the consequences of Irma and Harvey.
“I understand we’re all set and I know we’re responding to both hurricanes at the exact same time,” Duke said at FEMA head office. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we can support both guvs which as a federal government we can do this and will do this.”
Duke stated she and Brock Long, the FEMA administrator, spoke earlier Sunday with Trump and Pence, and that both were “absolutely delighted with the reaction.”