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Obama to fly over region damaged by Debby

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President Obama, on a two-day fundraising trip including stops in Georgia and Florida, will fly over the region being flooded by Tropical Storm Debby but probably won’t see the devastation on the ground from his windows on Air Force One.

Mr. Obama called Florida Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday to check on the government’s emergency response to the slow-moving storm, which has dumped more than 20 inches of rain on some parts of the state, damaging homes and closing roads. The president will fly over flooded areas of southern Georgia and northern Florida as he travels from fundraisers in Atlanta to two more fundraisers in Miami.

The president called Mr. Scott “to ensure the state had no unmet needs” in responding to the storm, the White House said. Mr. Obama said FEMA would remain in close contact with state officials.

Mr. Obama “expressed his condolences for the loss of life as well as the extensive damage to homes in Florida,” and told the governor that his “thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Florida and the emergency response officials at this difficult time.”

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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