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Hurricane Florence: President Trump's statement

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the federal government would spare no expense in responding to the likely damage from Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to slam the Carolina coast later this week. Chris Dignam has more. "I would say everybody should get out. You have to listen to your local authorities." President Trump on Tuesday said the federal government is sparing no expense in its response to what appears to be imminent destruction on U.S. east coast from Hurricane Florence. "This storm is a monster. It's big and it's vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane." North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned of "days and days" of rain and potentially deadly flooding when the category 4 hurricane makes landfall Friday. More than a million and a half people have been ordered to evacuate the coastal areas in the Carolinas and Virginia. But as Trump warned about the dangers posed by Florence, he took time to praise the government's response to 2017's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which he called "incredibly successful." "I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about." A recent estimate puts the death toll from Maria at nearly 3000 people. Hurricane Florence is currently swirling in the mid-Atlantic, close to the US east coast. Florence could potentially track more to the north, keeping it east of Bermuda and over the open waters of the central Atlantic next weekend and into the following week before being moved along by an eastward jet stream. The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico) is from June 1 to November 30. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center on September 11 showed Florence reach North and South Carolina as the weekend begins. Hurricane Florence: latest Which direction is Hurricane Florence heading? Why are storms given names and who decides? Hurricane Florence could hit Britain with 65mph winds and heavy rain: Sun Subscribers get the latest breaking news and videos directly to their feed. SUBSCRIBE NOW and hit the bell to be the first in the know.