Watch this loop of Hurricane Florence as it gains strength in the Atlantic
In a tweet Monday, President Donald Trump urged the “incredible citizens” of the Carolinas and the East Coast to prepare for Hurricane Florence.
As the Category 4 storm was bearing down on the East Coast of the United States on Monday, headed squarely for the Carolinas, Trump received a 3 p.m. briefing at the White House from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
At 3:41, the president tweeted:
“To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad! Please take all necessary precautions. We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!”
Trump said he spoke with N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday.
“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!” the president tweeted.
“This latest briefing is part of the President’s monitoring of multiple storms that are predicted to affect the U.S. in the coming days,” Sanders said in the statement.
“The federal government stands ready to assist,” she said. “These tropical storms and hurricanes are very dangerous.”