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Biden: Reports of 'substantial loss of life' post Ian

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 29 September 20221. UPSOUND (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"They're helping survivors that are really in desperate need. And that's what we're doing as we focus on delivering help to the people directly impacted by Hurricane Ian."2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"It made landfall yesterday and it is still, still moving across the state today. This could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida's history. The numbers of still, are still unclear, but we're hearing early reports of what may be substantial loss of life."3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"And we're going to learn a lot more in the coming hours. But we know many families are hurting many, many are hurting today. And our entire country hurts with them because it's been all over the country we've seen so many crises. But in Florida today is a center, is a, is the epicenter. We're continuing to see deadly rainfall, catastrophic storm surges, roads and homes flooded. We're seeing millions of people without power and thousands hunkered down in schools and community centers. They're wondering what's going to be left, what's going to be left when they get to go home, quote unquote, home, or even if they have a home to go to."4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"I've also spoken with mayors across the state, both Republican and Democrat, and I've told them the same thing: We are here whether you need and whatever you need I indicated to call me directly at the White House. They know how to do that. We're going to do everything we can to provide whatever they need."++WHITE FLASH++5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"I also want to state again to everyone in Ian's path, the danger is real, to state the obvious. Please obey all warnings and direction from emergency officials. And while the water is receding, don’t go outside unless you absolutely have to. It's risky for you and it impedes first responders from doing their job. I also want to say again to the oil and gas executives do not, do not, do not use this storm as an excuse to raise gasoline prices or gouge the American public. America is watching and the industry should do the right thing. I expect them to do the right thing."STORYLINE:President Joe Biden spoke to employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the nation Thursday moments after receiving a briefing on Tropical Storm Ian, which slammed into Florida Wednesday as a devastating Category 4 hurricane.The destruction began to come into focus a day after Ian made landfall as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. The storm flooded homes on both of the state's coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses, nearly a quarter of utility customers. In remarks from FEMA's Washington headquarters after his briefing on the storm, Biden said Ian "could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida's history," and added there are "early reports of substantial loss of life."The president said “our entire country hurts” along with the people of Florida after Hurricane Ian flooded communities across the state, knocking out electrical power and forcing people into shelters.Biden said he would visit Florida and meet with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis when “conditions allow.” The president said he would also visit Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that was slammed by Hurricane Fiona.“We know many families are hurting,” Biden said. “Our entire country hurts with them,”He urged those affected by Ian to take seriously the warnings from local officials to stay safe and remain indoors. “Don’t go outside unless you have to,” Biden said. “The danger is real, to state the obvious. Please obey all warnings and direction from emergency officials.” The president said he also had talked with several Florida mayors on Thursday and delivered the same message he shared with the governor about the federal government's commitment to helping with the cleanup and with rebuilding: “We are here.” “We’re going to do everything we can to provide everything they need," Biden said, adding that his instruction to them was to call him directly at the White House with their needs. “They know how to do that.”===========================================================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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