President Trump arrives in SC to tour Florence damage

Cars on NC 133

Cars on NC 133

A new round of evacuations was ordered in SC as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.

Before that, Trump's trip to Texas after Harvey battered the Houston area generated blowback for his failure to meet with victims of the storm. Over 60,000 customers were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, according to Poweroutage.us. With the Waccamaw river forecast to slowly rise to a crest 4 feet (1.2 meters) above its previous record in those storms around Tuesday, Tovornik says he knows his house is doomed this time.

A FEMA coordinator said about 69,000 people from North Carolina already have registered for assistance.

After an agonizing week of ravaging floodwaters, rising rivers, power outages and dozens of deaths, the Florence-weary Carolinas are facing the possibility of more flooding over the weekend. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.

"We will be there 100 percent", said Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers, seated inside a hangar with federal and state officials.

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

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the damage in his state is in the billions of dollars, but there was no way to make a more accurate estimate while flooding continues.

Another aspect of the response that has people upset has been the NCDOT's inability to answer the question, 'when will it be safe to come home?' NCDOT and other officials have been telling evacuees to stay put, but hundreds of residents have returned and post their routes on social media.

"Our people took a gut punch", Cooper said after the president's arrival.

Residents were warned the confluence of the Big Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers - where they merge - could reach flood levels even greater than those seen during Hurricane Matthew.

Forecasters said floodwaters in parts of coastal SC won't reach their highest levels until next week.

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Here are the cities and counties that Hurricane Florence drenched the most. "We need a serious national discussion about the urgent, existential threat from climate change and how we are going to fix it-and it's very hard to have that conversation when media won't talk about the topic".

The state is also the nation's second leading producer of hogs, with more than 2,100 farms that raise about 9 million hogs each year, according to the North Carolina Pork Council.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was similarly "heartbroken" over the deaths.

"We understand that a lot of them are losing their houses", said Sgt. Derek Vollmer of St. Cloud, another crew member, adding those rescued "seemed very thankful".

We've all seen the images of cities flooded by Hurricane Florence, but you can't tell fully grasp the devastation until you see what those same places looked like before and during the storm.

Trump was joined by U.S. Sens. SC crop damage is now estimated at $125 million.

How much rain fell where you live? But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington". "Hundreds of open-air hog waste pits were hit with more rain than they were created to handle. Those watersheds all coming to where we are". "We know agricultural losses will be significant because the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in our state", said agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler in a press release.

"President Donald Trump-one in a million".

Speaking from inside an airplane hangar, Trump told emergency workers, "The job you've done has been incredible".

In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

The interstate has been closed intermittently to traffic throughout the week as roads flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

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