UPDATED 8:04 PM PT – Fri. Sept. 14, 2018
President Trump is set to visit areas affected by Florence next week.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president’s visit will likely take place early to middle week once it’s clear his visit won’t hamper search and rescue efforts.
President Trump has kept a close eye on the storm, tweeting about its developments and praising FEMA, first responders and law enforcement for their incredible work.
Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement – not easy, very dangerous, tremendous talent. America is proud of you. Keep it all going – finish strong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018
Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday and has claimed the lives of at least 6 people.
The slow moving tropical storm has dumped up to 16 inches of rain in some areas.
Hurricane strength wind gusts have knocked down trees and power lines, leaving more than half a million people in the dark.