Donald Trump has boasted that his handling of preparations for Hurricane Florence is receiving "high praise", even though the storm has not yet arrived.
Residents along the southeastern coast of the US UU They have been tackling their properties, storing provisions and some have left their homes as the Category 2 storm heads towards the land.
Many residents in the states of Carolina have said they have little confidence in the authorities and fear that they will not receive much support from the central government in case the area is devastated by the hurricane, given the response to the devastation caused by María to Puerto Rico. last year.
A camera on the International Space Station captures the eye of Hurricane Florence as it travels across the sea and to the southeastern coast of America
Donald Trump bragged about his handling of preparations for Hurricane Florence that is getting tremendous praise & # 39;
But yesterday President Trump said that politicians and people on the ground praised the preparations made by his administration.
He said during a reception for the winners of the White House Medal of Honor: "We're getting praise from politicians and people, but we're ready."
The president added that the hurricane will be "one of the biggest to hit our country," but said his staff is coordinating closely with state and local officials in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.
Up to 1.7 million residents on the East Coast have struggled to evacuate their homes as government officials warned that the hurricane would deliver a "Mike Tyson blow" to South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Sandbags surround homes in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, as mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the area
Chris Williams climbed aboard his Knuckleheads bar with the sign of "looters will shoot up" & # 39; in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Up to 3 million people could lose electricity as a result of the storm.
Trump urged people to take seriously the threat of what could be the biggest storm on the East Coast in decades.
He added: "Get out of your way. Do not play with that. Is very large ".
Trump is eager to show that his team is better prepared than during Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people last September.
He has been defending his handling of the devastating storm.
Trump tweeted yesterday: "We received A Pluses because of our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida, and we did a great job that was not appreciated in Puerto Rico, despite being an inaccessible island with very little electricity and a Mayor of San Juan. totally incompetent. We are ready for the big event that is to come!
People and pets evacuated before the forecast of Hurricane Florence sought refuge at Burgaw Middle School in Burgaw, North Carolina yesterday
But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a candidate for the House of Representatives from New York, criticized Trump's response to the disaster.
She tweeted: The first anniversary of Hurricane Maria is next week. Some of my public relations family ONLY obtained power a few weeks ago. People are developing respiratory problems, partly due to fungal spores in the air due to lack of proper cleaning. The administrator's response to Puerto Rico has been a disaster. "
Yesterday, an estimated 20,000 pallets of water bottles were left at the Jose Aponte airport in the Puerto Rico Tower for almost a year.
Photos of thousands of unused water bottles were published on social networks yesterday