Trump tours Carolinas as death toll from Florence rises

Gwen Vasquez
September 20, 2018

President Donald Trump arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey damage.

Florence dropped almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain on North Carolina as the storm moved slowly across the state, flooding towns, closing roads and killing dozens of people.

In South Carolina, floodwaters heavily affected some crops, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers told Southern Farm Network.

Cooper said he believed there were plans for President Donald Trump to visit today, though he noted that such plans can be fluid; the governor also said he would meet with the president during the visit.

"We are behind you from day one from three days ago and now it looks nice but it's really the calm before the storm", President Trump said.

Florence has claimed at least 27 lives in North Carolina.

With that in mind, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition and DJ Nacho Productions teamed up to help people in North and SC who are dealing with the mess Hurricane Florence left behind.

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, according to state officials.

"Our rivers are still cresting, and there is still danger for some people", he said.

Hurricane Florence and its aftermath are still taking a toll on the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

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The Cape Fear River, the largest in the state, crested this morning at over 60 feet.

As floodwaters from former-Hurricane Florence's massive rains continue to flow through the Carolinas, the end of the storm's damage is nowhere in sight.

Evacuations: Tens of thousands of people have been ordered out of communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers, while over 2.4 million people in southern China's Guangdong province were warned to escape Typhoon Mangkhut.

Several sewer systems in the region have also released untreated or partly treated sewage and storm water into waterways over the last week, local media reported.

Trump told the crowd of officials that the federal government's resources are at the disposal of North Carolina.

Cooper, a Democrat, said he'd told the president "over and over again" that the state was "going to need significant resources to recover".

And during a visit to Puerto Rico, where he was roundly criticized for lobbing paper towels into a crowd at a church as if shooting baskets, the president asked a couple if they felt safe in their concrete home.

River flooding is bringing a new round of misery to North Carolina this week.

The president's motorcade passed through local streets in New Bern as Eastern Carolina residents lined the streets to welcome President Trump.

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