Top GOP senator warns Trump: Don't make the same mistake as George W. Bush did with Katrina

A top Republican senator, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, warned President Donald Trump to keep a close eye on Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall in Texas on Friday night, and provide a more robust response than former President George W. Bush did when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. 

"@realDonaldTrump #hurricane keep on top of hurricane Harvey and dont mke same mistake Pres Bush made w Katrina," Grassley tweeted Friday morning.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush visit the Warren Easton High School during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush speaks during an event at Warren Easton High School to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush greets people during a visit to the Warren Easton High School to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Students listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during an event at Warren Easton High School to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush greets people as he attends an event at Warren Easton High School to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush (2nd R) and former First Lady Laura Bush (L) visit the Warren Easton High School during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush greets a member of the Warren Easton High School marching band during a visit to the school to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush sits with Ashantae Martin (L) and Ronjae Pleasant as he attends an event at Warren Easton High School to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 28: Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a visit to the Warren Easton High School for an event to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The former President's visit came as the town prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, on August 29. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Bush was widely condemned for failing to provide adequate emergency and medical aid to communities devastated by Katrina, which left more than a thousand people dead, hundreds of thousands displaced, and created over $100 billion in damage.

The then-president was on a 29-day vacation at his ranch in Texas when Katrina struck and did not fly back to Washington to address the crisis until two days after the storm hit. 

Trump tweeted about the storm on Friday morning, telling Americans to "#PlanAhead" and linking to government agency websites with advice for dealing with the storm.

FEMA officials say they have enough funds at the moment to handle "the immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs that may emerge as a result of Hurricane Harvey," but will work with Congress if supplemental resources are needed. 

Harvey is gaining power in the Gulf of Mexico, barreling toward the Texas coast with wind speeds as high as 110 mph.

The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to hit the southern flank of Texas as a Category 3 hurricane on Friday night, with "life-threatening and devastating flooding."

Forecasters predict that upon making landfall, the storm will stall until Tuesday and dump up to 35 inches of rain onto much of Texas.

Rebecca Harrington and Lydia Ramsey contributed to this report. 

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