Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

President Donald Trump is scheduled to get an update on storm-damaged areas of North Carolina on Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

"Florence has been a nasty one", Trump continued. "We're with you all the way". "This boat. They don't know what happened".

The detainees were women being transported from Waccamaw Mental Health and Loris Hospital to a behavioural health hospital in Darlington, South Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places. "All of that water is coming your way and people don't know that and they assume, you look outside and you see this lovely weather but over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in SC".

"I'm focusing on this disaster at hand", he said. "I'm just so exhausted".

Wilmington is still mostly cut off by floodwaters, although officials have been able to clear a couple routes into the city.

The latest victims in SC were identified as Wendy Wenton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, by the Marion County Coroner, US media report.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

President Trump said he - and all of America - stands with North Carolina and will be there 100-percent. We're not like Wilmington or Lumberton or New Bern.

Some of those who left shelters may have been headed toward the coast on USA 421, where a long line of cars, utility crews and trucks loaded with generators sat in a jam.

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Hurricane recovery is a busy time for volunteers in Eastern North Carolina.

Rivers are still rising in SC and will continue throughout the week, the state's Emergency Response Team said Wednesday morning.

A high water team eventually rescued the two deputies who were escorting them. They were placed on leave pending an investigation.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said in a statement, "Tonight's incident is a tragedy". Following Hurricane Floyd, the state bought up some farms in flood plains to prevent future outflows, and the state pork council said farmers beefed up lagoons to prevent recurrence.

Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.

Though Florence weakened to a tropical storm later on Friday and to a tropical depression afterwards, it caused severe flooding and damage.

North Carolina is the country's No. 2 swine-producing state, its leading producer of tobacco and a major poultry producer, making agriculture its principle industry, valued at $87 billion.

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.

"We will be there 100 percent", pledged Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers. It is also the top producer of tobacco, but estimates for crop losses aren't yet available. Farmers are also concerned about cotton, sweet potatoes, peanuts and corn, but swamped roads and fields have made it hard to assess the damage.

Animal and human waste is now mixing in with the floodwaters.

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