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Trump thanks rescue teams in Florida for work during Hurricane Irma

17 Septembre 2017

It may have had air conditioning problems, they added.

"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Trump said. "It's going way ahead of schedule - weeks ahead of schedule".

Hurricane Irma knocked out power for millions of people.

"I believe that she was actually one of the first to go, actually. And we have a lot of goods out there, a lot of water, a lot of food, a lot of everything". But as the more powerful, hurricane-force version of Irma worked its way toward northern Florida, Wolf was keeping his fingers crossed that a generator he had ordered online would arrive ahead of the storm.

Calls to the owner and other officials at the Hollywood home were not immediately returned, but the facility's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said in a statement that it was "cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

"We're working on a deal, very important is the wall to me and we have to know the wall will not be obstructed", said Mr. Trump of the border security package discussions with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

"We're short of fuel", he said.

Some 20 per cent of Florida's petrol stations had no fuel on Thursday, down from a peak of 46 per cent, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy.

Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that she would accompany her husband to Florida on Thursday.

Six people at a Florida nursing home have died after residents were stuck in sweltering conditions following Hurricane Irma.

"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump , met with military families and watched an air show at the base that houses the presidential plane Air Force One.

Three of those who died were in their nineties, including 99-year-old Albertina Vega.

Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said his office had received the bodies of three of the victims - two women age 71 and another who was 78 - for autopsies.

The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the U.S. mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to residents at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion.

Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where almost 40 people were killed.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited St. Barts on Wednesday to offer support and solidarity to the islanders, after his government was criticized for not doing enough to prepare and help France's Caribbean territories hit by Irma last week.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla on Wednesday and pledged "absolute commitment" to Britons there.

A representative from the White House said that officials are planning more trips to areas of the country impacted by recent hurricanes.

The NHC warned that Max, now a Category One storm, could strengthen before it reaches the coast.

It barrelled into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215km per hour) before running up the Gulf coast of the state and dissipating.

But as Trump's comments about Scott suggested, politics wasn't far from the surface in Florida, the largest and most pivotal state in recent presidential elections.

Oaxaca is still struggling to recover after it bore the brunt of the damage from an 8.2 magnitude natural disaster that struck Mexico only last Thursday, leaving 96 people dead.

Trump thanks rescue teams in Florida for work during Hurricane Irma