President Donald Trump is sending help to the Florida Keys… in a big way.
The U.S. Navy has deployed the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue amid reports of devastation in the hurricane-battered Florida Keys.
The news comes after Florida Gov. Rick Scott flew over the Keys and says he saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore, The Associated Press reports.
He says he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Hurricane Irma. Almost every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes, according to the governor.
The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region. Meanwhile, heavy equipment crews have begun clearing away road and other debris in Florida as cleanup crews fan out with chain saws to remove downed trees and begin taking stock of the extent of the damage.
The president tweeted the following Tuesday morning —
The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations,than anyone thought – but amazing people working hard!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2017
At least 10 deaths in the U.S. Southeast are now blamed on Irma, including people hit by falling trees or tree limbs.
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The Florida cities of Jacksonville and Orlando were especially hard-hit by floodwaters. Storm surges also swamped some coastal areas in Georgia and South Carolin
Additionally, at least 35 people were reported killed earlier when Irma devastated several Caribbean islands. That toll included 10 killed in Cuba and state media said most of those died in Havana, where seawater surged deep into residential neighborhoods.
The Associated Press contributed to this article