Trump to travel to Florida, in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Naples, Florida, on October 23, 2016. 

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Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 3:31 PM EDT

President Trump will travel to Naples and the Fort Myers area in Florida on Thursday to observe the response to the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma.

Over the weekend, at Camp David, Mr. Trump met with his cabinet discussing how to manage fallout from Irma and Hurricane Harvey, another deadly storm. Mr. Trump's visit to Florida comes a mere two weeks after his last visit to Texas, where he met with victims from Harvey. 

Irma has devastated Florida, causing at least 25 deaths as of Wednesday morning, and leaving millions without power. Among those dead were six elderly people in a nursing home that lost power. The storm struck the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimated 25 percent of homes in the Keys are destroyed. 

Mr. Trump earlier this week said the country is a "bit lucky" Irma veered from is original course, which would have pummeled Miami and Florida's populous southeastern coast. The president said Irma's devastation makes tax cuts more crucial now than ever, as his administration turns to overhauling the country's tax code. 

Naples Mayor Bill Barnett said his city "took a real hard hit," but was spared from the worst-case scenario. 

When Mr. Trump visited Houston, he didn't specifically survey damage but did meet with victims in a storm shelter and volunteers. 

  • Kathryn Watson

    Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.