Trump offers condolences to Macron after Irma tears through French territories

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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


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.

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