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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Former President Bill Clinton visited the University of Miami on Tuesday to discuss new initiatives for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

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Clinton will also travel to Saint Lucia and the US Virgin Islands this week as a part of the Clinton Foundation’s effort to help islands impacted by recent hurricanes.

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The former president says the goal is to help grow the economies of those islands, improve public health, and become more resilient.

“The challenges we are facing are not only a direct result of the hurricanes, but also reflect the problems they saw before them,” Clinton said.

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Clinton noted that it takes years to recover from hurricane damage and noted that areas impacted were already suffering from widespread unemployment and have a desperate need for renewable energy.