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At the close of a meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Sabah, President Trump commented on the preparations being made in advance of Hurricane Irma's expected landfall in Florida.

Beside 1980's Hurricane Allen, Irma has displayed the second-strongest winds of any hurricane to come from the Atlantic.

Trump said Irma is much more powerful than Hurricane Harvey, but noted that while Harvey's damage was mostly due to flooding, Irma's winds promise dangerous conditions in the Sunshine State.

"Hopefully it will take a turn and go east quickly," he said, noting that is not likely.

Trump said federal authorities are already on the United States Virgin Islands, which were already battered by Irma.

"They've never seen winds like this coming off the ocean," he said.

He also thanked the Coast Guard for their actions in saving 14,000 lives in the aftermath of Harvey.

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