Pres Trump, VP Pence & Several Cabinet Members Are Briefed On Hurricane Irma

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday Sept. 7 2017 in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday Sept. 7 2017 in Washington

The Trump family business doubled the initiation fee to $200,000 once it became clear that Mar-a-Lago would become the unofficial Winter White House, and the president has spent seven weekends at the resort since his inauguration, mingling with the club's 500 members, who pay $14,000 in annual dues to belong.

It was the first time the Turks and Caicos islands had experienced a Category 5 storm, said Virginia Clerveaux, director of Disaster Management and Emergencies. "He really wants to make sure that we're taking care of the people". "You don't want to be in that path".

The president also took a moment to recognize the United States Coast Guard: "No brand has improved more than the United States Coast Guard, and FEMA, the entire group, FEMA has been incredible".

He told reporters, "Hopefully everything will go well". "We'll be there with resources and support, both to save lives and to help to recover and rebuild these states and these communities".

Instead, the White House released official photographs showing Mr Trump and his Cabinet members sitting around a conference room table on Saturday afternoon in what it said was a briefing on the "track and potential impact" of the hurricane.

Trump owns a resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has often travelled during his presidency, as well as three golf courses in the state. He said he was saying prayers for us.

Residents in parts of the Miami metro area are under mandatory orders to leave their homes as Hurricane Irma barrels toward South Florida with potentially catastrophic winds.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that the eye of Hurricane Irma had made landfall at Florida Keys on Sunday at 9:10 am EDT.

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In Hollywood, on Florida's east coast, streets were largely deserted as winds picked up, bending palm trees and downing power lines, even though the city is more than 100 miles per hour from the centre of the path of the storm.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he also talked with Trump on Sunday.

Most stores including Walmarts and Publix supermarkets, had run out of bottled water on Wednesday. "We've all been working together".

Mar-A-Lago is located in an area that has been placed under storm surge warning.

President Trump has warned that a hurricane heading towards Florida has "absolutely historic destructive potential".

"Even removed from the hurricane, it's pretty inappropriate", said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) spokesman Jordan Libowitz. The most massive evacuation I think in the history of the state, millions of people have moved.

Roughly 1,200 volunteers were in Texas throughout the week and Kreitzburg said they'll work in Houston for as long as they're needed and pull from their bank of national volunteers for Irma if necessary.

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