The five living former US presidents made a rare appearance together on stage at a fundraiser for those affected by recent hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Hurricane Irma battered the northern Caribbean, leaving death and sdestruction in its wake. The category 5 storm, with winds of 300km/h was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. With South Florida next in its path, more than 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate. Florida Governor Rick Scott noted the size of the powerful storm, and told residents not to become complacent. “It is wider than our entire state and could cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast," he said. "Regardless of which coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate.”