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President Trump Says He'll Visit Hurricane-Ravaged Florida 'Very Soon'

Sep 10, 2017

President Donald Trump said Sunday he plans on visiting Florida, currently being rocked by Hurricane Irma.

"I'll be going to Florida very soon," Trump told reporters Sunday after arriving at the White House. The President had been hosting a cabinet retreat at Camp David over the weekend.

Trump did not specify when he would visit Florida. Such a trip would likely only take place after the storm has cleared and the logistics become easier to manage.

Trump also recently visited victims of Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in Florida on Sunday afternoon, striking Marco Island as a Category 3 storm. It previously struck the Florida Keys earlier on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. Despite the downgrade, it's still expected to bring life-threatening conditions from heavy rains to intense winds.

As of Sunday afternoon, approximately 1.3 million electricity customers in Florida have lost power as a result of Irma. Meanwhile, 127,000 people have evacuated their homes, according to the Associated Press. People at the President's seaside resort, Mar-A-Lago, were reportedly ordered to evacuate.

Trump praised the federal government's work throughout the storm, singling out the efforts of FEMA and the United States Coast Guard. "If you talk about branding," Trump said, "No brand has improved more than the United States Coast Guard."

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