Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

President Trump visits Carolinas

Trump pledges support for storm-battered N Carolina WHAT'S HAPPENING: What will life be like after Hurricane Florence?
Guillermo Lane | 20 September, 2018, 15:55

Meanwhile, in North Carolina, about 10,000 people are still being housed in shelters and "thousands" of people have not had the power restored in their homes, the state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, said in his meeting with Trump.

It left behind deaths in at least three states and carved an arc of destruction that had not fully become clear, though one preliminary analysis said could cost up to $20 billion in property losses. "You'll have everything you need".

Trump said the federal government had been better prepared for this hurricane than any in history.

The president then traveled to SC, where he attended a second briefing and warned residents that the flooding was expected to continue. "One of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country".

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.

While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock. "We'll have it all taken care of".

Goldsboro was also still flooded.

- Many people in Fayetteville and Cumberland County are feeling a sense of relief now that the Cape Fear River has crested and is receding.

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

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"There is a strong potential that those who live within the 1-mile evacuation area of the Cape Fear River will be impacted by flooding", the city said in a statement.

It's too early to tell how many people will end up homeless because of Hurricane Florence.

Florence, which has killed at least 36 people, dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

Authorities say two female inmates being transported to a mental health facility in SC drowned in rising flood waters after the van they were in was swept away.

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

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimated up to 57 million kilograms of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages, an amount that could translate to as much as $350 million U.S. in lost farm revenue.

USA president Donald Trump visited storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday, while the state's governor, Roy Cooper, pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet, warning the flooding is far from over and will get worse in some places.

Hurricane Florence and its aftermath are still taking a toll on the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

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