Trump visits the Carolinas after Florence

'Calm before storm,' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence deluge

After submerging North Carolina with almost 1 metre of rain, the storm dumped more than 16.5 centimetres of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.

President Donad Trump's caravan left Cherry Point air station at 11:20 Am and traveled 20 miles to New Bern, with miles of traffic stopped in the eastbound lane, with s.cores of drivers leaving their cars to view and wave.

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, which came ashore as a category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.

Trump's peppy mood in the face of, well, a disaster wasn't just a one-off.

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Gov. Roy Cooper said as officials began distributing supplies to thousands of residents of Wilmington, population 120,000. "We're going to take care of everybody".

While Florence has passed, the danger from it hasn't.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who conducted an aerial survey of damage on Tuesday, said the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in the state. As of September 18, there were 1,050 roads closed due to flooding and debris. He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes".

"Our people took a gut punch", Cooper said after the president's arrival. We have lost 27 lives officially so far, and more are under investigation. A lot of businesses are down.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people were "in harm's way". Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which has dumped up to 36in (91cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

He then toured a devastated neighborhood in the city of New Bern and also helped distribute food to local residents.

Trump visits the Carolinas after Florence
Trump visits the Carolinas after Florence

During his tour, he stopped to speak with a man that had a storm-damaged boat on his lawn.

Trump spoke briefly about the "epic" flooding and promised to throw all the money at North Carolina as soon as possible.

As of September 18, eight deaths have been reported in the state.

The Horry County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that when the waters overtook the van, they rose too quickly for the pair to be saved. "This is real emergency stuff at the highest level".

Trump was joined by U.S. Sens.

"Everybody's closed, so we're hoping we can at least get a tarp here, maybe two", Karen Foster told ABC News.

Whether Trump was joking or simply pointing out a bit of silver lining, the interaction prompted some to question the president's empathy for the many Carolinians whose homes and possessions were destroyed in Florence - the latest in a string of his responses to natural disasters to be criticized.

State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence. "Those watersheds all coming to where we are". About a dozen rivers in North and SC have overflowed their banks.

"President Donald Trump-one in a million. I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done". "The cooperation, and the assistance, and the encouragement, and the confidence [the volunteers have] given to our people, to the federal establishment, and what we call 'Team South Carolina, ' is beyond compare". Particularly concerning is the continued swelling of the 140-mile long Waccamaw River, which runs through both states.

Brigadier General Diana Holland is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

According to information from the White House press pool, McMaster recounted Hurricane Hugo in 1989 was a tremendous blow, noting the problem was never the initial hit, but rather the flooding.

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