Trump in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage, meets victims

Trump in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage, meets victims

Trump in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage, meets victims

The death toll from Irma stood at 81 on Thursday, including 38 in the United States, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands accounting for more than half of the fatalities.

President Trump visited Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday to assess the damage after Hurricane Irma.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door in the 94-degree heat checking on residents and bringing ice, water and meals.

Trump praised first responders and local officials for their handling of the storm.

"I can guarantee you this - it's going to cost billions, upon billions, upon billions of dollars", Curbelo said Monday.

"People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended and the number is a very small number, which is a great tribute to you".

This would be the second trip in recent weeks to an area hit hard by a tropical system; Mr. Trump made two trips to the Gulf Coast, stopping in Texas and Louisiana, to get a look at damage and recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

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A little earlier, he toured a Naples neighborhood, where he was asked what message he had for the people of South Florida.

The Atlantic hurricane season has killed at least 100 people so far and caused estimated damage of at least $135 billion in the USA and the Caribbean.

First lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will accompany the president to Southwest Florida.

Victims Wednesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were as old as 99, and there were worries the count could grow.

President Donald Trump is heading to Florida to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

A record 6.3 million people were ordered to evacuate from Florida's coastal and southern areas last week by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). That's 25.6 percent of all customers in the state.

It's Trump's third such trip after a historic pair of late-summer storms made landfall seven months into his term.

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