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USA: Florida 'very lucky' - Trump sends aid to Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian's fury

United States, Washington DC
September 05, 2019 at 00:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump said that Florida was "very, very, very lucky" as Hurricane Dorian spared the Sunshine State from a predicted direct hit. The comments came as the US leader gave an update on the storm from the White House on Wednesday.

Trump admitted Dorian could still affect the Carolinas but expressed hope that other states might be spared by the hurricane's fury.

The US president confirmed he would be sending humanitarian aid to the Bahamas, which were severely hit by the hurricane, and said the US Coast Guard and a number of helicopters were already on the islands providing assistance.

Dorian, still a Category 2 storm reaching 110mph (177kmph), is now moving north of Florida, and it could reach North and South Carolina later this week. At least seven people were reportedly killed during the storm.

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US President Donald Trump said that Florida was "very, very, very lucky" as Hurricane Dorian spared the Sunshine State from a predicted direct hit. The comments came as the US leader gave an update on the storm from the White House on Wednesday.

Trump admitted Dorian could still affect the Carolinas but expressed hope that other states might be spared by the hurricane's fury.

The US president confirmed he would be sending humanitarian aid to the Bahamas, which were severely hit by the hurricane, and said the US Coast Guard and a number of helicopters were already on the islands providing assistance.

Dorian, still a Category 2 storm reaching 110mph (177kmph), is now moving north of Florida, and it could reach North and South Carolina later this week. At least seven people were reportedly killed during the storm.

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SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "We thought we'd give you a update on the hurricane. We got lucky in Florida, very, very lucky indeed. We had actually our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly, maybe I could just see that, Kevin. It was going to be hitting directly. And that would have affected a lot of other states but that was the original chart. And you see it was going to hit not only Florida but Georgia, it kind of was going toward the Gulf. That was what we, what was originally projected. And it took a right turn. And ultimately, hopefully we're going to be lucky. It depends on what happens with South Carolina and North Carolina. But it's heading up the coast and Florida was grazed, mostly wind and we're going to have a report on that. We have been sending through the United States Coast Guard, who have been incredible, they're on the Bahamas right now and they're helping with the Bahamas. The Bahamas was, a big section of the Bahamas was hit like a few people have seen before. But we're helping in a humanitarian way, we've been asked to help by the government of the Bahamas. And we have numerous helicopters and we're sending some, some people to give them a hand, and they need a big hand, what's going on over there is incredible. Few people have seen anything like that. Although I must tell you, over the years there have been some hurricanes that were bigger and stronger and more powerful that hit us very hard also."

SOT, Kevin McAleenan, Acting Homeland Security Secretary: "Obviously the hurricane remains a Category 2, a very powerful, very large storm. We are worried about significant impacts to South Carolina from Charleston to Wilmington, as well as the Outer Banks. And it's that triple threat, potentially hurricane force winds, certainly tropical storm force, as well as the storm surge of four to seven feet and then a significant rain event, up to 10 inches or more in parts of the Carolinas. So we've been very well-prepared, coordinated fully with the states. A lot of pre-deployed assets ready to come in and fully respond after the storm hits. We're also repositioning some of the assets that were further south in central Florida. So we're ready for this storm, Mr. President. FEMA and interagency partners supporting the states have done a tremendous job. We're on our toes, looking forward to responding effectively."

SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "That's good. I think we want to also say we were really well-prepared in Puerto Rico. It, we got lucky in Puerto Rico where it missed it by quite a bit actually. But we were ready just in case and tremendous supplies, people, a lot of things going on in Puerto Rico. And they were very happy and it worked out very well, the optimum because they didn't get hit."

SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "We'll hold congratulations till the end. But we're very well prepared for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia. And again, we're helping the Bahamas at the request of the government of the Bahamas. OK? Thank you all very much."

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