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Trump Visits Florida to Assess Hurricane Irma Damage

17 September 2017

It was a far cry from her more casual look when she visited Florida earlier in the day, where she opted for a more casual look, as she has done since being lambasted for wearing stilettoes to visit Texas, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, a few weeks ago.

President Donald Trump plans to visit storm-stricken Florida on Thursday, the White House said, his third such trip to a weather devastated state after a spate of violent U.S. weather. "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". He also said he's planning to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which were both badly damaged by Hurricane Irma.

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Ros-Lehtinen, who has often criticized the president, said the coordination between the federal government and state and local officials was a vast improvement from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

And on Thursday in Florida, before his comments aboard Air Force One about climate change, Trump said the people of Florida experienced something "the likes of which we can say really say nobody's ever seen before". After record flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas earlier this month, Trump made two visits - first to Corpus Christi and Austin on August 29, and later to Houston on September 2. Trump also suggested that Gov. Scott run for Senate in 2018 to challenge the state's other US senator, Democrat Bill Nelson. It was seen as a clear bid to avoid the criticism that Republican President George W. Bush received for his administration's slow and inefficient response to 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The two storms combined killed about 150 people in the USA and the Caribbean islands and caused more than $30 billion in estimated damages, and Harvey brought record rainfall to Texas. An investigation of possible criminal negligence was underway, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters.

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Many residents are still left without power in the Florida Keys following destruction from Hurricane Irma.

Some 20 percent of Florida's gas stations had no fuel on Thursday, down from a peak of 46 percent, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy. That's 25.6 percent of all customers in the state. The Keys stretch almost 100 miles (160 km) into the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's southern tip, connected by a single highway and series of bridges. He has been to Texas twice after Hurricane Harvey.

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Trump Visits Florida to Assess Hurricane Irma Damage