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Biden on Hurricane Ian: 'This is an American crisis'

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 30 September 20221. US President Joe Biden walks into White House Roosevelt Room2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"My message to the people of South Carolina is simple: Please listen to all the warnings and directions from local officials and follow their instructions. And as you all know, the situation in Florida is far more devastating. We're just beginning to see the scale of that destruction. It's likely to rank among the worst of the nation's, the worst in the nation's history. You've all seen it on television, homes and property wiped out. It's going to take months, years to rebuild. And our hearts go out to all those folks whose lives have been absolutely devastated by this storm. America's heart is literally breaking."3. Cutaway of press4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"I've directed that every possible action be taken to save lives and get help to survivors because every single minute counts. It's not just a crisis for Florida, this is an American crisis. We're all in this together. And I've spoken to Governor DeSantis on multiple occasions as well as this morning, as well as mayors and county officials, both Republican and Democrat, from the places most affected."5. Cutaway of media6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"And I'll say it, we're gonna stay with it and stay at it as long as it takes. I've spent a lot of time with people in the aftermath of disasters. I have immense gratitude for the first responders and emergency crews who always show up no matter what. In times like these, Americans come together, they put aside politics, they put aside division, and we come together to help each other because we know if it were us who just lost our home or a loved one, we'd hope people would show up to help us, as well. ++WHITE FLASH++7. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"That's America. That's who we are. We're going to keep doing everything we can, and we'll do it as the United States of America,"STORYLINE:President Joe Biden said Hurricane Ian is "likely to rank among the worst storms in the nation's history," adding it will "take months, years to rebuild."Speaking from the White House Friday as Hurricane Ian made landfall on coastal South Carolina, threatening the historic city of Charleston after the deadly storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida, Biden urged residents there to listen to local officials and heed all warnings.The revived Hurricane came ashore near Georgetown, South Carolina with much weaker winds than when it crossed Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday as one of the strongest storms to ever hit the U.S., according to the National Hurricane Center. Biden said "America's heart is literally breaking" for all of those who've lost their homes and he said his administration is acting urgently to get them the help they need.He said his message to the people of Florida is: "we see what you're going through and we're with you. We're going to do everything we can for you."Ian left a broad swath of destruction in Florida, flooding areas on both of its coasts, tearing homes from their slabs, demolishing beachfront businesses and leaving more than 2 million people without power.At least nine people were confirmed dead in the U.S. - a number that was expected to increase as officials confirm more deaths and search for people.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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