Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a stern warning to anyone thinking about looting after the arrival of Hurricane Idalia on Wednesday.
DeSantis made the comments during a press conference in Perry, Florida, after Hurricane Idalia made landfall near Keaton Beach in Florida’s Big Bend just before 8 a.m. local time as a Category 3 storm with winds up to 125 mph.
“I’d also just remind potential looters that you never know what you’re walking into. People have a right to defend their property. This part of Florida, you got a lot of advocates and proponents of the Second Amendment,” DeSantis said. “I’ve seen signs in different people’s yards in the past after these disasters, and I would say it’s probably here, ‘You loot, we shoot.’”
“You never know what’s behind that door if you go break into somebody’s house,” he added.
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At least two people have died in car crashes since Idalia made landfall, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
In Pasco County, a 40-year-old man lost control of his Ford Ranger and crashed into a tree after driving too fast given the conditions.
In Alachua County, a 59-year-old man died after driving into a ditch and crashing into a tree line.
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Power outages related to Idalia have climbed to over 400,000 customers, as the storm moves from Georgia into South Carolina, according to FOX Weather.
President Biden said in a Wednesday post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he spoke with the governors of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to “reiterate my Administration’s support for response and recovery.”
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“We’ll keep working with personnel on the ground as the storm progresses,” he said.
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.