While there are still some hard headed Floridians staying put to face Hurricane Irma, the federal government is heeding the National Weather Service warnings without question.
Such is often the case when it comes to hurricanes in Florida, with a great many residents having dealt with decently aggravating storms in the past, including Hurricane Andrew some two and a half decades ago. These stalwarts will often cite that last major storm to come through as their reasoning for not evacuating for this one, but authorities throughout the Sunshine State have warned against that logic in the case of Irma.
The monster storm, which is just now beginning to make landfall in the Florida Keys, is most certainly not similar to Hurricane Andrew. Irma’s sheer size dwarfs the storm of the 1990’s, and will likely engulf the entire state, coast to coast, from the Keys to the Georgia border, once she gets situated.
Anticipating a demonstrative and deadly pounding of the state, federal officials have stationed 1,000 U.S. Marines off the coast of Florida in preparation for a swift and effective recovery effort.
“President Donald Trump stationed approximately 1,000 marines on two U.S. Navy warships in preparation for Hurricane Irma relief operations in Florida. The Marines and Sailors will provide logistical and medical support in the wake of the predicted devastation caused by the storm’s high winds, tidal surges, and floods.
“Department of Defense officials stated the Marines and Sailors are assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Assigned to the USS Kearsarge and the USS Iwo Jima, the units are prepared to deliver water purification systems; storage and distribution capabilities; airborne and surface transportation; heavy lift capabilities; damage assessment aerial reconnaissance; and the distribution of medical technicians.
“’We train for this kind of mission. It’s in the DNA of the Marine Expeditionary Unit to rapidly respond to crisis when called upon,’ 26th MEU Executive Officer Lt. Colonel Christopher Timothy said in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. ‘Alongside our Navy partners, we stand strong and ready to help those affected by this storm in whatever way we can.’”
Included in the fleet are 14 specialized aircraft, specifically pertinent to weather related rescue efforts.
Given the incredible destruction predicted ahead of Irma’s landfall, President Trump has worked tirelessly to bring preemptive aide to the region, while juggling relief efforts that are still ongoing in Texas after Hurricane Harvey battered the Lone Star State just days ago.