September 8, 2017 / 3:20 PM / 16 days ago

Trump: Hurricane Irma has "absolutely historic destructive potential"

U.S. President Donald Trump is seen in an official White House handout photo with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L), Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Thomas Bossert (2ndR) and Vice President Mike Pence (R) as he participates in an Oval Office briefing tracking the approach of Hurricane Irma toward the coast of Florida, at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2017. Andrea Hanks/Courtesy of the White House/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned of Hurricane Irma’s destructive potential on Friday as the Category 4 storm headed toward Florida and urged residents in its path to heed government recommendations.

“This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential. I ask everyone in the storm’s path to be vigilant and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement,” Trump said in a videotaped statement.

(This story corrects first paragraph to say Irma is now Category 4)

Reporting by Doina Chiacu

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