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Trump Will Visit FEMA Thursday as Hurricane Laura Hits US: White House

President Donald Trump is traveling to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters on Thursday to get an in-person briefing on Hurricane Laura, the White House said.

Trump will head to the Washington headquarters after holding a roundtable with supporters at the Trump International Hotel.

Trump is scheduled to receive the briefing at 1:15 p.m.

The president was briefed earlier this week by acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Peter Gaynor, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. He has continued to receive regular updates since then.

The hurricane made landfall over Cameron, Louisiana around 1 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane, with 150 mph winds. As the hurricane moves north, it is affecting Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.

“As we begin to assess the damage, please continue to heed the warnings and instructions of your State and local officials as storm hazards will persist long after the storm has passed,” McEnany said.

Wolf said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that the hurricane is a “really devastating storm.”

Laura was downgraded to a Category 1 storm but “were not out of the woods yet,” he added.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend Mike Pences acceptance speech for the vice-presidential nomination during the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 26, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Flash flooding, wind gusts, and power outages are the major concerns. The federal government has pre-positioned teams and supplies to help deal with the damage the storm wreaks.

Louisiana residents should monitor local news outlets for updates on the storm and follow guidance from local officials, Gov. John Bel Edwards office said. He declared a state of emergency this week before Laura and another storm made landfall.

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