20,000 pallets of bottled water left untouched in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

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20,000 pallets of bottled water left untouched in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017, and is estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage. When asked about the US response to last year's devastating hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma, Trump said they deserved an excellent grade.

Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia said that if President Donald Trump thinks his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was a success, "God only knows what he would think a failure would be".

US President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday of the US response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where nearly 3,000 people were killed previous year, as another major storm barrelled toward the eastern United States.

President Trump upset folks on Tuesday by again patting his administration on the back for a job well done in Puerto Rico.

FEMA acknowledged to CBS News on Wednesday that the bottles were brought inland in 2017 in the wake of the hurricane and that they were turned over to "central government".

Photos of the consignment were shared online by photographer Abdiel Santana who estimated there were possibly millions of water bottles sitting on a runway in Ceiba.

"They say it's about as big as they have seen coming to this country, and certainly to the East Coast as they've ever seen", Trump said. "You did not do a good job in Puerto Rico".

In Maria's aftermath, according to FEMA data analyzed by the AP, approvals for individual assistance checks in Puerto Rico were slower compared with what happened with large storms a year ago. With Eli Sanders on vacation, Rich Smith asks Dan Savage and Katie Herzog to tell us how prepared we really are, and to speculate about whether we'll ever be prepped enough.

Meanwhile, in a video message to followers, the president warned those in the path of Hurricane Florence to "get out of its way" and "don't play games" with the storm.

The states of Virginia, North Carolina and SC haven't seen a storm of such size and intensity in 25 years or perhaps ever, Trump said.

Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 1 to 2½ feet (0.3 to 0.8 meters) of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

To hasten evacuations in SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from the shore.

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