WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has canceled Friday’s rally in Jackson, Miss., as Hurricane Florence strengthens, the Trump campaign announced Monday.
“Regrettably, we must cancel the planned Make America Great Again rally in Jackson, Mississippi this Friday,” Michael Glassner, the campaign’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision.”
Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a category 4 storm Monday with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm is expected to hit the Bahamas and Bermuda on Tuesday before making landfall in North or South Carolina Thursday evening.
In an advisory Monday, the NHC said storm is expected to pose “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” along the East Coast.
The Mississippi rally was initially announced on Friday with the goal of supporting Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed in April to serve in the seat held previously held by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran until a special election in November.
Whoever wins November’s election will hold the seat until 2021, which would have been the end of Cochran’s term.