Trump Visits Hurricane-Ravaged North Carolina

Trump Visits Hurricane-Ravaged North Carolina

During his visit to Houston a little over a year ago to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey, Trump said "have a good time, everybody" as he was leaving an emergency shelter.

Heavy rains: almost 91cm of rain has fallen over Elizabethtown, North Carolina, and other towns have seen roughly 76cm of rainfall since last Thursday.

President Donald Trump toured the damage and flooding from Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, visiting New Bern, North Carolina.

In Lumberton, after a levee breached, authorities worry that the Lumber River will soon divide Robeson County, one of the poorest counties in the state.

In the case of Florence, warmer sea temperatures and the amount of available moisture in the air may have increased rainfall by as much as 50 percent in the hardest-hit areas, according to a study by researchers at Stony Brook University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Goldsboro was also still flooded.

"We've got a long road ahead in the days, months and even years ahead to make sure we build back to where we need to be in North Carolina", he said.

"Our rivers are still cresting and there is still danger for some people", he added.

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As of Tuesday night, their bodies had not yet been recovered.

The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people are "in harm's way".

Of the 36 people confirmed dead in the storm by local authorities, 27 died in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia. Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which has dumped up to 36in (91cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

Lisa Shackleford hugs her pet dogs Izzy and Bella as she wades through flood waters to safety while the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.

Hurricane recovery is a busy time for volunteers in Eastern North Carolina. The town of Wilmington still remains largely isolated, with no safe routes in or out.

There were still flashes of Trump's outsized persona and unconventional style - he asked about the status of Lake Norman, where he owns a golf club, telling officials, "I can't tell you why, but I love that area". Trump listed off the successes: 3,000 people rescued, 1.6 million meals provided, power restored to 1.2 million homes.

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

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