Trump promises all-out response to Hurricane Florence

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honor

Trump promises all-out response to Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Maria pummelled Puerto Rico in September 2017, wreaking widespread devastation and causing US$90 billion in damages.

At the same time, the agency also faced challenges that were arguably beyond its control such as the sheer force of the monster storm and the logistical difficulties of reaching the Caribbean island over a thousand miles (1,600 kilometres) away from the mainland. "Texas, we have been given A-plusses for".

But perhaps worst of all is the fact that Trump is using words like "tremendous" and "success" to describe a response to a storm that ultimately killed nearly 3,000 people, more than the roughly 1,800 killed by Hurricane Katrina and about the same number of people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Puerto Rico's government, after maintaining that 64 people had died as a result of the storm, raised the official death toll to 2,975 last month. Florida, we've been given A-plusses for.

Hostin further bashed the Trump administration for not doing enough to stop preventable deaths after the storm.

At a briefing with FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Tuesday to discuss preparations for Hurricane Florence, Trump was asked about lessons learned from Maria that could be applied to storm preparation this year.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in a statement on Wednesday said it, "purchased the water as part of its supplies and determined there was a surplus" before making the water "available to any agency that needed it".

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"I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday of the response in Puerto Rico, suggesting that it was made more hard by the "island nature" of the storm site.

20,000 pallets of water bottles were found left unused in a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Maria, CBS News has reported.

The mayor of San Juan, the capital of the United States commonwealth of more than three million people, was outraged.

"The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. We are totally prepared.

"If you're in Florence's path and considering riding it out, your president just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success".

"We're ready. We're as ready as anybody has ever been", he said. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet". North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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