President Trump to visit North Carolina as waterways rise

19 September, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence

"Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", as farmers lose crops, roads remain blocked off and residents lose their homes.

In North Carolina, transportation officials Tuesday continued advising motorists who ordinarily might take southbound I-95 from Virginia to SC that flooding has made long sections of I-95 in North Carolina impassable.

"This is a tough hurricane - one of the wettest we've ever seen, from the standpoint of water", Trump said in a video tweeted out Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump participatesin a briefing on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018. "This one has been epic, it has been disastrous and it has been widespread".

"We feel like we have an obligation to bring people together because we do have fans on both sides of the aisle and we enjoy brining our fans together to try and give back to our community and try to help those in need that support us day in and day out on the court".

"And, you're here, and I'm asking you, sir, for your help every step of the way".

Lara Trump, who was born and raised in Wrightsville Beach, urged North Carolina residents to prepare for the worst in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall.

Mary and Phil Pongonis look at the damaged roadway from Hurricane Florence in Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C., September 18, 2018.

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After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.

Richardson says the incident happened near the Little Pee Dee River, which is one of the bodies of water officials are monitoring for intense flooding following Florence.

Trump told the victims "America grieves with you" and "we're with you all the way".

"I think it will be an incredible day", Trump told reporters as he exited the White House en route to stops in both North and SC.

Motorists are being warned that they risk being surrounded by water in North Carolina if they use popular Global Positioning System navigation apps such as Waze, Apple Maps and Google Maps.

"Everybody's closed, so we're hoping we can at least get a tarp here, maybe two", Karen Foster told ABC News.

Murphy said many in the community were displaced from their homes for months after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


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    A 61-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man died in Horry County, SC, after using a generator inside their home, according to WMBF . Buckland experienced during his three years in North Carolina , which he described as "not even close to as bad as this".
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