WHAT'S HAPPENING: What will life be like after Hurricane Florence?

Cesar Mills
September 20, 2018

President Trump once again told survivors of a killer hurricane to "have a good time, " offering the ill-timed comment on Wednesday, during a tour of storm-ravaged North Carolina.

Walking along River Drive in New Bern, N.C., a low-lying neighborhood that was pummeled by a one-two punch of Hurricane Florence and post-storm flooding, Trump greeted residents and surveyed the devastation, according to a Wednesday pool report account.

"Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in SC". "In another foot, I'll be heartbroken", he added.

"We have weathered storms before in our state but we have never seen one like this", Cooper went on.

Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.

Florence has killed at least 35 people - 26 deaths happened in North Carolina, while another eight happened in SC.

The two patients died on Tuesday after the vehicle carrying them, staffed by two Horry County deputies in SC, was swept away by flooding from Florence, the Horry County Sheriff's Office confirmed, Xinhua reported.

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

Although the storm is long gone, river flooding still poses a danger to the area.

Michael Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, close to where Florence came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, has donated $2 million to relief and recovery agencies. Close to 200,000 residents are still without power, and about 7,800 are living in shelters.

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A auto sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.

Heavy flooding from Hurricane Florence is causing a pig poop problem in North Carolina.

President Trump has arrived in flood-soaked North Carolina, where under sunny skies, he's getting a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast.

The toll of environmental damage was also mounting as human and animal waste gets swept up in the roiling floodwaters.

"Hurricane Florence will go down as one of the most significant rainfall events on record in the Carolinas, producing widespread, catastrophic flooding", according to the weather service.

Trump thanked Henry McMaster and promised the full support of the federal government.

News correspondent Gadi Schwartz shared a video on Twitter of fire ants floating together on the floodwaters in North Carolina after several inches of rain flooded the area.

Following the news conference Trump joined the governor handing out meals in styrofoam containers to North Carolina residents and asking how they were doing.

Thousands of homes are still underwater in the Carolinas and thousands of families have had to be rescued from the floods.

Other reports by GizPress

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