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DeSantis: Dorian Damage Estimated In The Tens Of Millions Of Dollars

Hurricane Dorian vis NOAA satellite imagery.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says damage from Hurricane Dorian is expected to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

DeSantis says state leaders now are considering how best to help the Bahamas after Dorian delivered only a glancing blow to Florida’s east coast.

He says the state is still assessing the damage, including to the beaches.

“There will be damage, but the damage will be less than what was experienced during Hurricane Matthew, which obviously from where we were last week looking at a potential southeast Florida impact, that’s something we can deal with.”

He says among other things the state plans to donate water stockpiled for Dorian to the Bahamas.

DeSantis also says he is not asking President Donald Trump to waive visa requirements for Bahamians seeking refuge after Hurricane Dorian.

He says it’s a federal and not a state issue.

“Those are the decisions of the federal government. This is different than Hurricane Maria because Maria affected an American territory. So you had U.S. citizens coming. People have the right to do that if they’re U.S. citizens. If they’re foreign nationals that has to be done in a way that is consistent with whatever the federal policy is.”

Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott sent a letter to the president asking that visa requirements be waived for Bahamians with relatives in the United States.

Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Broward County Democrat who is Bahamian-American, made a similar request.


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