The White House is closely monitoring Hurricane Ian as it makes landfall towards Florida, with President Joe Biden Get regular updates and communicate with local officials in the expected path of the storm before making landfall in the United States.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Hurricane Ian remained at Category 3. The storm’s winds increased slightly to 120 mph, after decreasing as it made landfall in western Cuba. Ian is expected to continue to strengthen and will hit Florida on Wednesday.
“Forecasts are subject to change, but for now experts say it could be a very severe, life-threatening, and devastating storm,” Biden from Rose Garden said Tuesday at an event. to reduce health care costs. “The administration is on alert and taking action to help the people of Florida.”
Biden spoke with Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted“to discuss the steps the Federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian.”
“The President and Governor are committed to continuing to work closely together,” said Jean-Pierre
Jean-Pierre said earlier in Tuesday’s press conference that Biden held private calls with Mayors Jane Castor of Tampa, Ken Welch of St. Petersburg and Frank Hibbard of Clearwater.
Biden later said the mayors he called “focus on the safety of their communities and they’re doing everything they can to keep people out of harm’s way.” The president relayed that he “has told each and every one of my conversations privately, whatever they need – I mean sincerely, anything they need – contact me directly.”