Politics White House shares, deletes Hurricane Irma video

01:00  11 september  2017
01:00  11 september  2017 Source:   The Hill

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

  Puerto Rico declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation for the landfall of Irma, a dangerous Category 3 hurricane. "Despite the economic challenges Puerto Rico is facing, the approved budget has $15 million for the emergency fund," Rosselló said in a statement.Irma, which is forecast to strengthen on Tuesday night, is set hit the U.S. territory on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

A White House official said that Trump and first lady Melania Trump were keeping people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in their prayers, and encouraged everyone to listen to local authorities. In the video he shared , Trump issued this message to those in the path of the storm

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White House shares, deletes Hurricane Irma video © Provided by The Hill White House shares, deletes Hurricane Irma video White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. shared and then deleted an apparently inaccurate video of Hurricane Irma on Sunday, as the storm continues to carry whipping winds and surging storms across the state of Florida.

"Sharing [Hurricane Irma] on social media with [President Trump] and [Vice President Pence] hourly. Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!" he tweeted.

Scavino later deleted the tweet from his account after Miami International Airport commented that he had inaccurately named their airport as the location where the video was shot.

Powerful Hurricane Irma hits first Caribbean islands

  Powerful Hurricane Irma hits first Caribbean islands <p>The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean.</p>The National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m. Residents said over local radio that phone lines went down as the eye passed.

Share on Facebook. Hurricane Irma , which has already caused severe damage in the Caribbean and is making its way towards Florida, is one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Atlantic.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the deleted video.

Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys early Sunday, bringing a fierce rain storm to the state after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean islands.

Sunshine State cities, particularly those on the west coast like Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Meyers, are bracing for a direct hit with some reports warning that their neighborhoods could become submerged under 15-foot high flood waters.

The state ordered a record 6.3 million people to evacuate from coastal and southern areas, and opened more than 400 shelters.

The storm has since dropped down to a Category 3 storm, according to reports.

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Trump on Irma: 'I never even knew a Category 5 existed' .
Hours after visiting Hurricane Irma victims, President Donald Trump said he was unaware how strong storms could get. "I never even knew a Category 5 existed," Trump said, even though he has owned his Palm Beach estate of Mar-a-Lago, which sits in a low-lying evacuation zone threatened by hurricane storm surge, for 32 years. Speaking Thursday night at the White House Historical Association reception, the president sounded awed by the one-two punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma landing over the past three weeks in Texas and Florida."Some of you are from Texas and some of you are from Florida," he said.

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