Trump Calls on US Citizens to Get Out of Hurricane Irma's Path

Katrina Barker
September 11, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke to state governors in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee on Sunday, as Hurricane Erma moved from the Florida Keys to the Gulf Coast and states to the north, the White House said on Sunday.

"This is a storm of enormous destructive power, and I ask everyone in the storm path to heed all instructions, get out of its way", the President said, echoing a tweet he posted Saturday evening. He said Irma was risky and life-threatening. "Just get out of its way".

Hurricane Irma made its second landfall on Marco Island on the southwest Florida coast this afternoon with 115 miles per hour winds after battering the Florida Keys earlier today.

Trump said the USA was grieving for those who were killed by Irma even before she reached the US mainland.

He said: "You will not survive the storm surge.if you're in an evacuation zone, leave".

He also said the lives and livelihood of many Americans - possibly from the very climate change-denying sections that had chosen Trump president - "will be at risk if Trump and his administration continue to deny the existence of climate change and its impact on the threat posed by hurricanes".

"We've never seen anything like this", he said, pledging - as he did after Hurricane Harvey - that recovery and rebuilding will happen quickly. It is considered to be even more powerful than the recent Hurricane Harvey which went ashore in Texas and caused major flooding.

Hurricane Irma wasn't the only topic discussed at the fourth gathering of Trumps' Cabinet during his presidency.

"My administration is monitoring the situation around the clock, and we're in constant communications with all of the governors, with the state and local officials", Trump said in a video of the meeting released by the White House.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon.

The President's main concerns are the people in the affected areas and ensuring a "whole-of-government response", said acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who participated in the briefing.

Long said it was "hard to say" how long the $15 billion approved by Congress for disaster relief will last.

Pence and the Cabinet secretaries later visited FEMA headquarters.

Trump expressed his condolences for the victims of Irma and Harvey, which struck Texas and Louisiana earlier this month, the Hill reported.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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