Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump will visit storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday, the White House said today, even as the administration ramps up its response to the most powerful hurricane to hit America in 13 years.Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction as it sept through Texas yesterday, pummelling the region with heavy rains and claiming at least 5 lives since making landfall on the US’ Gulf Coast.”We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials, and once details are finalised, we will let you know,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.US President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to indicate he was monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey, which continues to wreak havoc on the Texas Gulf Coast after being downgraded from a hurricane.
The US president praised the “great coordination between all levels of government” and “great talent on the ground”.He also said he will visit Texas “as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption” to the ongoing emergency response.Participants in the call included the Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
“President Trump continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives,” said a read out of the video conference.Meanwhile the National Weather Service called the flooding in Texas unprecedented as the State experienced a record breaking 50 inches of rain in parts of Texas.”The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before.”Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days,” the service said in a statement.The federal government has 5,000 people on site in Texas and Louisiana, where the storm continues to bring torrential rains and flooding.
Trump, who spent Sunday morning praising the federal government’s response to Harvey in a series of tweets, “continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives,” the statement reads.Vice President Mike Pence in a tweet yesterday emphasised the White House statement that Trump’s top priority is saving lives.He also urged those impacted by the storm to continue to heed the instructions of State and local officials.Earlier Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott heaped praise on the federal government’s response to Hurricane Harvey, and Trump convened administration leaders to discuss the recovery from the storm that battered the Texas coast over the weekend.Their efforts came as it became clear that the situation was bad and could possibly get much worse.