Pence to those in path of Hurricane Laura: ‘We’ll be with you every step of the way’


Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Vice President Mike Pence says people in the path of Hurricane Laura should heed warnings about the strength of the storm and he pledged the Trump administration’s help.

Speaking Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, Pence paused to acknowledge those in the path of Laura, which is slated to hammer the coasts on Louisiana and Texas as a Category 4 storm.

“Before I go further, allow me say something to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight,” Pence said.

“Our administration is working closely with authorities in states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm’s way. This is a serious storm, and we urge all of those in affected areas to heed state and local authorities.”

“Stay safe, and know that we’ll be with you every step of the way to support, rescue, respond and recover in the days and weeks ahead. That’s what Americans do.”

Pence spoke at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, as he “humbly” accepted the GOP’s nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention. It was not clear until just before he took the stage that he would address the looming Category 4 hurricane.

The strengthening storm menaced Texas and Louisiana along the Gulf Coast, raising fears of a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters said would be “unsurvivable.” Authorities implored coastal residents of Texas and Louisiana to evacuate, but not everyone did before winds began buffeting trees back and forth.

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