Trump Visits Florida to Assess Hurricane Irma Damage


"We did have two horrific storms, epic storms".

"If you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were as big or bigger".

In fact, the most powerful storm on record to ever hit Florida was in 1935. By Monday, the hurricane-turned-tropical storm had weakened to a tropical depression.

The hurricane has killed more than 55 people in total. Higher sea levels can contribute to more devastating storm surge.

Fort Myers sits north of where Hurricane Irma made landfall over the weekend, though the area did suffer some damage.

"And if you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s, and you take a look, we've had storms over the years that have been bigger than this", he said. But I know at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end.

Photo Mr. Trump surveyed flooded areas from Maine One in Naples, Fla., on Thursday.

The president says in Fort Myers, Florida, that he hopes Scott "runs for the Senate". Trump had said Wednesday it was too early to visit the Keys while workers were struggling to establish recovery sites there.

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Top Trump administration officials have repeatedly dodged questions about how climate change affected the damage done by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, saying the issue should be discussed at a later date.

Scott, in turn, returned the compliment, praising the president half a dozen times during his four-minute remarks for his support even while Irma was thousands of miles away. "This is time to get out and help".

Trump earlier met with federal and state leaders in Fort Myers, where he was brimming with enthusiasm for the state and federal response effort, calling it "a team like very few people have seen".

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit the area alongside President Trump.

"We've just gotten word on the Keys".

"They've never seen a category like this come in because it came in really at a five", he said. "But we're getting tremendous amounts of supplies, and medical, and a lot of other things out to the Keys". Power has been restored to 65 percent of the 6.7 million customers around the state who lost electricity during the storm, according to the governor's office.

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In a rare move, Trump also thanked the media. Marco Rubio and state Attorney General Pam Bondi as well as FEMA Administrator Brock Long.