FEMA Says It’s Ready for Hurricane Florence, Defends 2017 Response

S Coastal cities brace for Hurricane Florence

He says electric power could be out for weeks. Texas, we've been given A-pluses for.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that the incoming storm is "looking even bigger than anticipated", urging those in the hurricane's path to "get out of its way".

"The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous".

"Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?"

Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017, and is estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage. "It is certainly not a successful relationship", Rosselló said in a statement.

"We do not want to see Hurricane Isaac hit Puerto Rico", he said.

Marty Bahmonde, a senior official at FEMA, told CBS News that after the agency delivered the water to the island, it's not clear what became of it after that point.

While this is not the first time emergency relief and supplies were left undistributed, the lack of oversight of the water bottles raises questions about the government's response to hurricanes.

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Bahmonde said that specific shipments of water bottles are not tracked.

San Juan's mayor blames Trump for delays in getting supplies and money to the island.

Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

"What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria, have been sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, since past year, according to @FEMA, which confirmed the news to me", Begnaud wrote.

"I'm confident the response in 2017 was good and I'm confident this response will be good", Federal Emergency Management Agency Associate Administrator Jeff Byard told reporters during a briefing Tuesday. We are totally prepared.

Florence is forecast to hit the Carolinas as a Category 4 hurricane later this week, one of the strongest storms to strike the area in almost 30 years.

Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 1 to 2½ feet (0.3 to 0.8 meters) of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Santana, who posted the photos to his Facebook on Tuesday, said he first saw the bottles there in either October or November of a year ago.

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