FEMA administrator: Hurricane Irma 'worst-case scenario' for Florida's west coast

FEMA administrator Brock Long says he's in "great communication" with the White House and Congress to help Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover.
2:32 | 09/10/17

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Transcript for FEMA administrator: Hurricane Irma 'worst-case scenario' for Florida's west coast
Want to bring in Brock long now, the FEMA administrator. Mr. Long, we heard the governor say he's getting every resource he needs from the federal government. You're deployed across the region. Our goal is to help with governor Scott's effects. We have pushed everything forward. Including three days' wort worth of commodities into the state. We have liaisons. A multitude of toupt counties about to take the brunt of the storm. You have lapdfall in the keys. Likely to be the hardest hit area. Long term recovery there. Anytime you're in the northea northeast quadrant. The winds are. The storm surge is going to occur. That's where tornadoes typically occur. Problem is, it will skirt the west coast and drive storm surge not only from the keys but well up the coast of Florida. So, it's a worst case scenario for Florida on the west coast. FEMA is spending $200 million a day responding to Harvey and Irma. Despite the fact that congress approved $15 billion on Friday. This need is going to go on for a long time. Yeah, you're right. And, you know, it's interesting. So the -- the key to a great response and recover I have solid communication. And, you know, I want to -- I want to express that the congress has been work, very closely with us. I'm in great communication with the white house and homeland security. They realize what needs to be done to give me the enduring authority to push forward and help Texas but also Florida. And don't forget about the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as well. I wanted to ask you about that. The storm has already passed through there. Cleanup beginning. We got Jose out of the way. It shut us down for about 24 hours yesterday. We had to batten down the hatches. Could continue to the search and rescue we wanted to do. Today is about turning the corner. Giving them a bridge to recovery. So you know, they have had massive power outnajs the virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. We have to get the power back up. It will be a long time. Brock long, thank you. We'll be right back. Thank you. I don't want to lie down.

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