‘We will be 100 percent’ with storm victims

N. Carolina rivers still swell as Florence death toll reaches 33 | US | Journal Gazette

N. Carolina rivers still swell as Florence death toll reaches 33 | US | Journal Gazette

President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the damage caused by Florence.

Trump came face to face with one such boat - a yacht that had washed up against a house in its backyard. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis; South Carolina Republican Sens.

"We're ready.to do whatever we have to do to make this flawless", Trump said Wednesday.

"Flood waters are rising as rivers crest", he said during a press conference.

Trump said, without offering evidence, that Democrats had inflated the figure to make him look bad.

The storm's grim aftermath, some of which Trump was expected to see Wednesday during stops in North Carolina and SC, presented a challenge for a president who has struggled at times to show empathy in moments of national tragedy. More than a foot of rain fell on the Colonial-era city and the hurricane's winds drove in water from the Atlantic Ocean, overwhelming the rivers and flooding much of the community. "We are fully co-operating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event". The evacuation shelter in the city was evacuated as floodwater rose on Monday, with many residents bussed to Pembroke, 15 miles away.

At least 37 people died in the storm, while many still remain without power.

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With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality said on Tuesday that the walls of four pits holding hog waste, known as lagoons, had given way because of the storm, thirteen pits had overflowed due to rain, and nine were inundated by floodwaters.

Trump promised North and SC would have strong federal support.

"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.

President Trump descended from his jumbo jet onto Cherry Point this morning to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence and was met with an array of local and federal politicians. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott; Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of staff John Kelly, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

President Trump hands out food on Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, N.C., where food and other supplies are being distributed.

He also offered hugs and handshakes and posed for photos with people cleaning up their homes after the storm.

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