Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

The National Hurricane Center said, in its latest advisory, that Irma, now a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, is about 5 miles north of Naples, Florida.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Sept 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Florida on Thursday where police are probing the deaths of eight patients inside a nursing home as Hurricane Irma left millions in the state without power.

Walking along a street in Naples Estates with his wife, Melania, the president encountered piles of soggy furniture heaped on front porches, and residents who were happy to get a presidential visit.

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said before donning gloves and helping to hand out sandwiches to local residents from a lunch line under a canopy. "You see people immediately getting back to work to fix up their homes".

"It's a team like very few people have seen", Trump said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do". "We're going to be with you tomorrow", Trump said.

Trump says alongside Scott and other Florida officials that he knows "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end".

Trump is touring the storm damage in Florida, where many remain swamped and without electricity. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, were still without power Thursday. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Florida previous year by about 1 percentage point.

Since last month, Trump has traveled to Texas twice and to Louisiana to view damage from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall August 25 as a Category 4 storm and dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Houston. Damage horrific but will be better than ever!

It is the third trip that Trump has made in response to a hurricane striking the southern United States. He visited Texas and Louisiana after Harvey struck. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

Throughout the storms, Trump has been eager to project a high level of federal competence and to avoid pitfalls made by some of his predecessors in the face of natural disasters.



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