Many Americans are coming around to support President Trump after his first seven months in office.
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is praising President Trump for his proactive approach to Hurricane Irma preparations. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Nelson explained that Trump’s response has “been very good,” adding that, “there is the cooperation between the federal level, the state, and the locals. That has been seamless cooperation, unlike 25 years ago in Hurricane Andrew, when you did not have that cooperation.”
Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992 and ravaged large portions of the state. A Category 5 hurricane, Andrew was the most destructive and costly hurricane to hit the United States until it was surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In comparison to Hurricane Katrina, Nelson thinks Trump is doing a great job. “Unlike even Katrina, when you didn’t have the cooperation and the communication between the Louisiana National Guard and the US military. That has been taken care of now,” he said.
President Trump held a cabinet meeting Saturday at Camp David to coordinate efforts and prepare for Hurricane Irma to make landfall, reports The Hill.
“All of America continues, I must say, to pray for the families affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, which looks like it’s going to be a really bad one, but we’re prepared,” Trump said before the cabinet meeting. “We’re as prepared as you can be for such an event, that I can say.”
“This is a storm of enormous destructive power,” Trump warned, “and I ask everyone in the storm path to heed local instructions, get out of its way.” He added that “all of America grieves for those who have already lost their lives.”
A state of emergency was called in advance of the storm for Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
“The U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA and all Federal and State brave people are ready. Here comes Irma. God bless everyone!” tweeted President Trump as Irma hit Florida Friday evening.
Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm earlier this morning, but storm surge warnings remain in effect across Florida and surrounding states. While the ferocity of the storm has been dulled, authorities are still advising locals to remain in their homes.
“Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessments, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees,” asked Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jake Seiler, “then you can get out there and determine what happened to your initial property or your neighborhood.”
Irma is moving northwest across Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and the Carolinas throughout the day, but forecasters are still warning of severe weather in Florida. Officials warn that Jacksonville, and surrounding cities, are still at risk of flooding and water levels could rise an additional one or two feet.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation” warned a National Weather Service alert, advising locals that they must: “Move to higher ground now. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.”
Hopefully, residents of afflicted areas continue to heed warnings and stay safe while this enormous storm continues.