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Biden vows urgent help for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

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President Joe Biden said Thursday the full force of the federal government is ready to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona even as Bermuda and Canada's Atlantic provinces were preparing for a major blast from the Category 4 storm. Speaking at a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in New York, Biden said his administration will be with "Puerto Rico now and until this is done, until we recover." "We'll do everything, everything we can to meet the urgent need you have, and we know they're real, they're significant," Biden said to Puerto Rico's governor, Pedro Pierluisi, who was attending the meeting virtually. Biden noted that hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already on the ground. He said his message to the people of Puerto Rico who are still hurting from Hurricane Maria five years ago is, "We're with you. We're not going to walk away." The hurricane was expected to still be at Category 4 force overnight when it passes close to Bermuda, where authorities there were opening shelters and announced schools and offices would be closed on Friday. Fiona's outer bands were already reaching the British territory in early afternoon.

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