Trump offers condolences to Macron after Irma tears through French territories
President Trump offered his condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, after Hurricane Irma left a trail of devastation on the French territories of St. Barthélemy and St. Martin, according to a readout of the call released by the White House.
The Category 5 storm tore through the French Caribbean territories on Wednesday, bringing 185 mile-per-hour winds, and leaving nine people dead and more than 100 people injured, according to AFP.
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France flew water, rations and rescue teams to the territories on Thursday.
Damage caused by the massive storm on the French Caribbean islands is estimated to cost over $240 million, a state insurance group said Friday, according to the AFP.
However, the French islands are not likely to get a reprieve from hurricane season, with Category 4 Hurricane Jose barreling toward them.
Hurricane watches and warnings are already in effect for St. Martin, Antigua, Anguilla and Barbuda.
Florida is bracing for a direct impact from Irma, which is set to make landfall late Saturday.
More than a quarter of Florida’s population has been ordered to evacuate, according to The Associated Press.