Trump Says He is Watching Hurricane Irma ‘Closely’, Believes It ‘Will be Not Good’

“Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!” President Donald Trump wrote online of the category 5 storm. | Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his hurricane response team is turning part of its attention from the devastation in Texas to Hurricane Irma, which is threatening to wreak havoc on Puerto Rico and Florida in the coming days.

“Watching Hurricane closely. My team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Later in the morning, in brief remarks at a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office, the president added that the storm “looks like it could be something that will be not good.”

“Believe me, not good,” he added. He said he and the congressional leaders would discuss the storm and its possible landfall in Florida and Puerto Rico.

The president has been especially involved in hurricane response over the last two weeks, making two trips to the Gulf Coast to survey damage from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, as a category 4 storm and then moved on to Houston, where it set off historic levels of flooding and left dozens dead.

Hurricane Irma’s forecasted direction remains uncertain, with models predicting different tracks for the storm, but its 185-mile-per-hour winds make it one of the most powerful storms in the history of the Atlantic Ocean.

“Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!” the president wrote online of the Category 5 storm.

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SOURCE: Politico, Louis Nelson and Madeline Conway