Over 62,000 still without power in the Carolinas after Florence

22 September, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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As floodwaters from former-Hurricane Florence's massive rains continue to flow through the Carolinas, the end of the storm's damage is nowhere in sight.

He joined Cooper in passing out food packages outside a local church, then toured a neighborhood that had been hit hard by the storm.

"America grieves with you and our hearts break for you".

"Yes!" Trump said enthusiastically, embracing the boy to the delight of the crowd. "God bless you. We will never forget your loss". Those were directed to road and bridge restoration in Puerto Rico, which had been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield discusses how his organization and National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan are helping victims affected by Hurricane Florence. Some of them have been washed out entirely. "What's the law? Maybe it becomes theirs".

"They got hit, but the big hit comes days later and it will be the biggest they've ever had", said Trump, who visited North and SC this week. The storm also closed 1,200 North Carolina roads, including 357 primary roads.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said 2,600 people and 300 animals had been rescued.

Trump departed 1:15 p.m. on one of two presidential helicopters for SC, along with three Marine helicopters which included the traveling press pools.

After a briefing on the recovery effort in North Carolina, Trump helped hand out hot dogs and chips at a Baptist church in New Bern, a riverfront city that experienced severe flooding. "We'll have it all taken care of".

"You did a good job", Trump said, referring to the boy's mother before taking a picture with the boy.

As the extent of the damage comes into focus, so too are the lessons for the next storm.

"How's it doing?" the president asked after one woman pointed at a house.


Emergency officials say it will be a close call if the river tops U.S. Highway 52, the main north-south highway through the county and its connection to Charleston.

Almost 3 feet of rain fell in places, and dozens of cities had more than 10 inches of rain. "The worst is yet to come". Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.

"If we really want accountability, put it all out", she said.

Officials say at least 40 people have been killed.

At least 37 people have died in three states because of the storm; 24 of those died in vehicles, the AP reports. Some 10,000 people remain in shelters. Less than 8 percent of Florence stories in the 50 top-circulation U.S. newspapers (9/9-16/18) mentioned climate change-and only 4 percent of segments on major TV outlets.

Governor Cooper thanked the president for coming. The study was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government, which accepted the finding as its official death toll.

When Trump visited San Juan last October after Hurricane Maria, he pumped his fists in the air when he landed.

Marie Harf added that Trump seems to be selective in the documents he'd like to be declassified.

Some drivers in Conway have reported it has taken three hours or more to make it across the city of 23,000 people.

Before that, Trump's trip to Texas after Hurricane Harvey generated blowback for his failure to meet with victims of the storm. 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.

"It's getting a little frustrating, but you have to deal with it and roll with the punches", said Roberta Keithley, 73.

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