President Donald Trump is issuing a new hurricane warning as Hurricane Florence advances on the US coast, remembering that bad things can happen when you talk about a storm of this size, it's called mother nature, you never know, but we know. & # 39;
His colorful new language comes after Trump, who struggles to express empathy, was criticized for comments he made during a briefing on the storm, where he praised the government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as a "success". unrecognized".
In a video posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning, the president, filmed at the Rose Garden in the White House, spoke about the category four storm, which is expected to land on Thursday night.
President Donald Trump listens while FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, talks about Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen
"Bad things can happen when you talk about a storm this size, it's called mother nature," warns Trump about the proximity of Hurricane Florence
"Hurricane Florence is fast approaching, they say it's going to be here in the next 48 hours and they say it's going to be as big as what they've seen coming to this country and certainly to the east coast as they've never seen it," he said. Trump, waving his hands. in the air to emphasize.
The president received a report on the preparations for the storm in the Oval Office on Tuesday by the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen.
FEMA said Florence's greatest danger was the storm surge: a wall of seawater that could reach 20 feet in height. Some areas could be flooded with 20 inches of rain.
Trump expressed assurance that the government could handle any devastation.
& # 39; We will handle it. We are ready. They were able. We have the best people, I think, anywhere in the world: FEMA and the first responders are available. They will resist the dangers of this storm. Get out of your way. Do not play with that. It's a big one. It can be as big as you've seen it. And huge amounts of water, "he said.
He concluded: "Bad things can happen when you talk about a storm of this size, it's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know it." We love you all. We want you to be safe Get out of the storm. "
The president also showed confidence in the preparations during his meeting with officials on Tuesday, even when his adjectives provoked ridicule from his critics.
& # 39; We are fully prepared. We are ready as nobody has ever been, "he said.
Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm, but some estimates strengthen it before it makes landfall
Hurricane Florence will likely be the "storm of your life" after a slight change in the road which means that the potential rain and swells will be worse than predicted with up to four feet of rain hitting portions of the Carolina coast
Trump was ridiculed for his response at the time Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico after taking almost two weeks to visit the destroyed island.
"This is going to be a storm that is going to be very big, much bigger than we have seen in decades," he added.
"It's tremendously large and tremendously humid," Tump said.
But the government has supplies and workers waiting and ready, he added.
& # 39; We're ready. We have tremendous road transport systems, we have food systems. We have many contractors waiting. But for the most part, it has been run by FEMA, and we have also coordinated it locally. We have food for days. We have emergency equipment and generators for many days. We should be in good shape, "Trump said.
He noted that he has spoken with the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The president was mocked for his comment "tremendously large and tremendously humid" and for claiming that the response of the US. UU In Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria it was an "unrecognized success".
Trump made the observation after being asked what lessons he had learned from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.
He said: "The work that FEMA and the police did and everyone did, working together with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think it was tremendous.
"I think Puerto Rico was an incredible and unrecognized success." Texas has been given A-pluses for. Florida has given us A-pluses for.
The death toll in Puerto Rico was 2,975 in the wake of the storm. The island was without electricity for 11 months.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, who repeatedly faced Trump after Maria, responded quickly to Trump's latest remark.
She tweeted: & # 39; Success? The federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico was a success? If he thinks that the death of 3,000 people is a success [then] God helps us all. & # 39;
Hurricane Florence approaches the US coast UU Near North Carolina and South Carolina
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, was one of the fiercest critics of Trump in the wake of Hurricane Maria
Trump also said that the hurricane would be the worst to hit the region "maybe sometime", and then mocked his apparent lack of understanding.
Maria was a category 4 hurricane when it hit the impoverished island on September 20, after Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Florence is also a Category 4 storm, but some estimates strengthen it before it makes landfall.
His path changed overnight and promises to bring even more devastation than was predicted to the Carolinas and parts of Georgia, with the Michigan-sized storm now delayed for days and causing catastrophic flooding due to four feet of rain and 13-foot storm surges.
Florence remained a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday morning, after slowing slightly to 130 mph overnight and is expected to stagnate further before crawling along the east coast of the United States and move inland before of the weekend.
The new trajectory means that the storm will remain inactive at sea for longer, creating even more intense and prolonged rains and storm surges for the Carolinas and possibly in northern Georgia.
At least 25 million residents are at risk from the storm and experts predict that their current path could cause damages up to $ 170,000 million, affect up to 759,000 homes and businesses and become the most expensive to hit the US. UU
Hurricane-force winds will hit the coasts of Carolina late Thursday or early Friday and more than 1.7 million people are warned to evacuate and get out of the path of the life-threatening storm.
& # 39; This storm is a monster. It is big and it is vicious. It is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening historic hurricane, "said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
"The waves and the wind that this storm can bring is not like anything you've seen." Even if you've had storms before, this one is different. Do not bet your life to ride a monster.
Rain predictions are expected to be higher due to weaker wind speeds and parts of North Carolina are preparing for more than 40 inches of rain, which is similar to the catastrophic flood caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston the year past.
The storm has triggered massive evacuations with up to 1.7 million people warned to seek refuge from the catastrophic storm, while five million are under direct hurricane warning.
"This will probably be the storm of your life in parts of the Carolina coast," said the National Weather Service.