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Trump: Hurricane will be 'tremendously big and tremendously wet'
President Trump on Tuesday warned about the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall later this week.
"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water," Trump said in the Oval Office.
Florence is anticipated to mainly impact South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Trump has declared states of emergency for all three states.
"The safety of the American people is my absolute highest priority. We are sparing no expense. We are totally prepared, we're ready, we're as ready as anybody's ever been," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
He issued a warning of the danger from Florence and urged people to stay safe.
"My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years. Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" Trump tweeted Monday.
More than 1.5 million people are already under evacuation orders, mainly in coastal regions in the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center called the storm "extremely dangerous"
Trump met earlier Tuesday with the heads of Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to review federal preparations for the storm.