Trump gets "comprehensive update" on Hurricane Irma

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Trump gets "comprehensive update" on Hurricane Irma

The White House released photos showing them being briefed on the track and potential impact of the hurricane.

Irma, which has so far ravaged Cuba and flattened parts of the Caribbean islands - leaving at least 25 dead there - had led to curfews being imposed in many parts across the Florida coast, including Miami beach.

Then there are those who hope Irma misses Mar-a-Lago completely, but just because they want Tropical Storm Jose - a more Hispanic-sounding name than "Irma" - to take aim at the estate.

"Much work to be done as we monitor #Hurricane Irma", she wrote.

States of emergency was declared in Florida, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico to prepare for Irma's landfall.

In such challenging times, Trump said, the "strength and the resolve of the American Spirit" is demonstrated "and we see the kindness and courage of our people".

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Asked what aspects of the storm concerned the administration the most, Pence said "the briefing at Camp David this morning caused the president to have great concern" as experts have warned of unsafe and heavy winds pushing a crippling storm surge in its path.

Trump also encouraged officials to also stay focused on recovery efforts in southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, which caused severe flooding in Houston and surrounding areas after it made landfall in late August. The National Hurricane Center describes storm surge as, "often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane".

"I think now, with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup". "We need to remain vigilant".

The meeting was to discuss federal preparations for Hurricane Irma as the Category 3 storm prepares to strike Florida.

The President earlier posted a link to state information on the locations of shelters, road closures and evacuation routes. Congress acted quickly to pass the $15.3 billion deal and send it to Trump, who signed it Friday after he arrived at the Maryland retreat. He said he was saying prayers for us. Here comes Irma. God bless everyone!'

Speaking to CNN, Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, called the amount of money allotted by Congress this week for both Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts a "down payment".

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