Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

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

President Donald Trump traveled to North and SC on September 19 to see the worst of the damage by Hurricane Florence in the worst-hit states. "The footprint of flooding from this storm covers much of the same area hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which only worsens the burden on these farmers".

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.

More than a dozen rivers in North and SC already have overflowed their banks and the water - particularly the Waccamaw River, which spans both states - is expected to swell putting additional residents in harm's way.

Addressing a crowd of Texans after Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Trump marveled at the size of his audience: "What a turnout", he said then.

People sit outside their home in New Bern on Wednesday.

More than 18 million litres of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam at a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents. "All of the folks from the federal government that are around the table are confirming it". "SC loves you", he told Trump. 'Because you're going to have a lot of water'. "We're with you all the way".

There are a few ways to measure how "bad" a storm is - from death tolls, to damage costs, to long-term impacts. "And you will recover", he 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.

The governor said the cooperation with other federal agencies is the best it's ever been, adding "we are confident we will come out of this".

Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods
Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

North Carolina officials said some 7,800 people remained in shelters, down from about 10,000 on Monday despite Gov. Roy Cooper's plea to stay put. On Tuesday in Wilmington hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials.

"I think it's incredible, I think it's incredible", Trump said.

Trump spent the run-up to the storm focused on criticism of the federal response to a hurricane that battered Puerto Rico past year, rejecting the official death toll of almost 3,000 and claiming Democrats manufactured the number to make him "look bad".

That wasn't all that Trump said on his visit. The enduring image of the trip was of Trump at a church lobbing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets.

"Have a good time" seems to be Trump's hurricane catchphrase. But critics quickly dubbed it inappropriate for the grim crisis at hand. That's four times its normal height. He also cheered on volunteers and emergency workers and handed out hot dogs and potato chips to residents.

"Our state took a gut punch", he said at the briefing.

Trump returned his gaze to the vessel, which was white with brown accents and balanced at a precarious, accidental angle.

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

In the video, Trump also thanked FEMA, the Coast Guard, and the military for doing "such a great job with a very hard situation".

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