Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort evacuated in face of Hurricane Irma

Trump says US is 'prepared' to deal with Irma

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are providing escorts to gas tankers across Florida to ensure supplies are quickly refilled, Gov. Rick Scott said in a tweet on Thursday.

The president also spoke about the increasing threats from North Korea, pointing out that the United States was prepared to take steps to "keep the people of the world safe".

Three of the golf clubs that President Donald Trump owns in south Florida and his so-called "winter White House" could be damaged by Hurricane Irma this weekend as they all lie in the predicted path of the storm.

Pence also relayed a message from Mr. Trump himself: "Our mission here is, "Where ever Irma goes, we'll be there first". "We'll be there with resources and support, both to save lives and to help to recover and rebuild these states and these communities". "I wanted a speedup anyway, but now we need it even more so", the president said Saturday.

In the Florida Keys, a 120-mile string of islands that start south of Miami and run down to the fabled resort of Key West, up to 30,000 people listened to urgent requests for residents to evacuate.

President Donald Trump told his cabinet Saturday that the administration should hasten its push for tax reform due to the potentially devastating impact of Hurricane Irma.

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort evacuated in face of Hurricane Irma
Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort evacuated in face of Hurricane Irma

"We can respond in a timely fashion, usually within 24 hours of a disaster happening", Kreitzburg said.

Television footage from various locations across the east of the state showed palm trees bent over under the force of huge winds, driving rain and flash floods caused by the storm surge.

Defying colleagues in the GOP leadership, Trump endorsed legislation that would simultaneously fund relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and prevent a government shutdown by raising the debt ceiling for another three months. Hurricane Irma has so far claimed six lives on the island, and the devastation caused has been bad, destroying homes, schools, and the airport.

The storm winds downed at least one construction crane and shook tall buildings in Miami, which was about 100 miles (160 km) from Irma's core. Marco Rubio of Florida, where Irma made its US landfall over the Keys, she said.

"I think now, with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup". Nearly three months remain in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November.

Local PG&E workers fly to Florida to help after Hurricane Irma strikes
The NHC forecast Irma would hit northern Florida at 8 a.m. He said that more shelters would be opened on Saturday. It has not made an announcement about its St.

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