Trump will visit SC to survey damage from Hurricane Florence

  • Trump will visit SC to survey damage from Hurricane Florence

Trump will visit SC to survey damage from Hurricane Florence

"We've never seen one like this. a storm like no other".

Residents hit hard by the storm will be looking to the federal government for help recovering and rebuilding.

"I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew", Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses.

"To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you, and our hearts break for you". "You take care of yourself", he said.

President Donald Trump is touring a North Carolina neighbourhood that sustained heavy flood damage during Hurricane Florence. "So you're going to get Kinston, you're going to get Greenville, all those inland places that are getting dumped on that don't drain well are going to get flooded with record floods in the next few days", Bowser added.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95.

"Our state took a gut punch and our state is still reeling", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told Trump, calling the storm "epic, disastrous and widespread".

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged residents to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday. Hundreds of stranded residents lined up for food, water and tarps that had to be ferried into the city that's home to 120,000 people.

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

In New Bern, the reception to Trump's visit has been largely positive, according to NPR's Brian Mann.

On his first visit to Texas after Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Houston, Trump met with no storm victims, choosing instead to receive high-level briefings from state officials.

Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.

The former National Basketball Association star says the destruction caused by the hurricane to his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, prompted him to act quickly.

Mindful of the recurring criticism, Trump defended the administration's response to Florence on Twitter on Tuesday, predicting Democrats will eventually look to criticize the efforts for political reasons.

Trump applauded Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for doing a "great job, incredible job" in responding to the hurricane.

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