Trump Says We're Prepared for Hurricane Florence. Are We?

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"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", Trump continued. "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he had said.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the US territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.

In seeking to assure Americans that his government is prepared for the storm, Trump has also tried to defend his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, calling it an "unsung success".

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan and a fierce critic of Trump and his response to Hurricane Maria, said his comments added "insult to injury".

Puerto Rico now says 2,975 people died on the island because of the storm.

This is a developing story. But people complained the bottled water smelled and tasted bad, so the Puerto Rico government told federal authorities they wanted to return it, he said.

"Puerto Rico was, actually, our toughest one of all because it's an island, so you just - you can't truck things onto it".

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They face a far tougher election map in the 100-member Senate, but polling data has shown several races skewing toward Democrats. Some 57% preferred Republican control of Congress, while one-quarter wanted a Democratic-led Congress.

Rick Scott to deploy emergency teams, resources ahead of Hurricane Florence
The category four hurricane is set to bring with it heavy rains and winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour. In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children.

NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space
It's the latest advisory - albeit from a different perspective - that residents from Maryland to Georgia should be prepared for a unsafe storm.

Per CNN, the higher figure is "based on the findings of researchers from George Washington University in a study commissioned by the U.S. commonwealth's government".

The report also found FEMA had been understaffed going into the hurricane season and that most specialized disaster staffers were deployed to the other storms when Maria struck.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office meeting on hurricane preparations for Hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018.

None of that is true, Meyers said, including the part about Puerto Rico being inaccessible ("There's a Jet Blue flight there every half hour", he noted), but it's not surprising that Trump is having a hard time calming people down because he is so freaked out over Bob Woodward's new book, Fear.

Survey respondents gave higher marks to the Puerto Rican government, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the federal government and municipal governments.

With all eyes on Hurricane Florence, a Facebook post is casting fresh doubts on the federal government's response past year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Federal officials initially indicated the pallets were stored in a warehouse, not outside, Héctor M Pesquera, secretary of Puerto Rico's Department of Public Security, said in a statement.

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