Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas

James Marshall
September 20, 2018

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 metre) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimetres) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding, wind damage and prompted at least one tornado warning, the weather service said.

A Philippine police officer says residents of a mining camp in a mountain village refused to leave ahead of the powerful typhoon, believing their chapel and nearby bunkhouses were on stable ground.

President Trump traveled to North Carolina to assess the damage.

Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week.

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (left) visit a house where a boat washed ashore in the backyard while touring a neighbourhood impacted by Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, the president was focused on criticism of the federal response to the hurricane that battered Puerto Rico previous year.

Hurricane Florence has resulted in at least 37 deaths in three states, but President Donald Trump seems to want survivors to look on the bright side. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, both North Carolina Republicans, and Sens.

"We experienced minimal impact on our live operations, with partial losses at two farms raising our chickens", spokesman Joe Forsthoffer said by email. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said.

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.

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours on Tuesday (Wednesdasy NZT) for handouts of food, water and tarps.

In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church.

The number of hogs and poultry killed in Hurricane Florence flooding is already double the casualties from Matthew in 2016, and the losses are expected to mount this week as new information comes in from farmers as they gain access to their properties.

Most of the damage caused by Harvey and Florence has come from the flooding, which has devastated cities and rural areas, turning highways into rivers and pastures into lakes.

To make matters worse, Florence was about 50 miles (80 km) larger in diameter due to global warming, putting more people in harm's way, the study showed.

Of those, 27 died in North Carolina, including in Duplin County, where the Sandersons live.

The river hit 61.4 feet early Wednesday morning.

This video was shot on Tuesday, before the river crested, in the vicinity of Fayetteville.

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

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday said, "We are a state that is hurting". The utility later agreed to plead guilty to nine Clean Water Act violations and pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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