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Florida Responds to Wilma

The managers earned their salaries the moment the storm hit. As Wilma hit, the calls started coming to the Emergency Operations Center.

Within minutes of the storm passing, the first assessments were in.

Mike DeLorenzo, State Emergency Response Team Chief, says, “There is no power, they might have a problem with their water system, but he's saying moderate to light damage.”

Millions were initially without power, and Jeb Bush was calling on utilities to give their customers realistic expectations about when the lights would come back on.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, “Angry citizens are bad for governors, so we don't like that, so we make the utility companies understand that as well. Angry citizens are angry customers.”

While the storm has already passed, all these people here will be working with the recovery effort for weeks to come.

Just after noon, Jeb Bush was on his way to Naples and Immokalee to get a firsthand look and to give moral support.

Jeb Bush says, “Part of this is to make sure as the winds subside, people know the response is coming.”

Bush plans a repeat trip Tuesday, probably hitting the Keys and getting look at the states east coast. The state expects a full assessment of the damage sometime Tuesday.


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