Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Hurricane Florence path changes

Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Hurricane Florence path changes
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Vice President Pence canceled his upcoming visit to Georgia following updated forecasts that show Hurricane Florence shifting its direction toward the state. 

Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah on Wednesday night said Pence will remain in Washington, D.C., to "monitor the federal response" instead.

"UPDATE: Due to the updated track of [Hurricane Florence] and after consulting with state officials today, [Pence] has canceled his scheduled trip to Georgia," she tweeted. "[Pence] will remain in Washington, DC to monitor the federal response."

Pence was scheduled to review preparations for the incoming Category 4 hurricane in Atlanta on Thursday, where he was expected to visit Delta TechOps facility and an American Red Cross Disaster Field Supply Center, according to a press release from the vice president’s office. 

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Forecasts on Wednesday showed the hurricane is likely to hit Georgia harder than initially expected. It is still expected to make landfall in the Carolinas and Virginia on Thursday. 

More than 1.7 million people in those states are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, and more than 10 million are under a storm watch or warning. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE has declared states of emergency in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The president canceled events in Mississippi and Missouri ahead of the storm.