Biden to attend political fundraiser for Democrats despite Hurricane Ian battering Florida

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President Biden will continue with his plans to attend a Democratic political fundraiser Wednesday night despite Hurricane Ian pounding Florida with devastating 150 mph sustained winds.

During Wednesday’s press briefing at the White House, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked by a reporter if Biden would actually attend the reception at 7:00 PM ET Democratic Governors Association in Washington, DC, amid the potentially devastating hurricane.

Jean-Pierre responded that the team had “no changes in his schedule.”

Biden is scheduled to return to the White House from the event at 8 p.m

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According to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, there were already 200,000 reported power outages across the state, and his expectation is that things will continue to get worse.

He described the outages as “a drop in the bucket for what’s going to happen.”

The number of outages was later updated to 624,000 as the Category 4 storm continued to move inland.

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Heavy traffic moves slowly on I-4 East as residents evacuate Florida's Gulf Coast ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ian Tuesday in Four Corners, Florida.

Heavy traffic moves slowly on I-4 East as residents evacuate Florida’s Gulf Coast ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ian Tuesday in Four Corners, Florida.
(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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