Trump visits the Carolinas after Florence

Marco Green
September 20, 2018

Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.

Before Hurricane Florence, Stancil was aware of only 22 people still living in Seven Springs.

Although the storm is long gone, river flooding still poses a danger to the area.

The storm has pummeled North Carolina, leaving people stranded at home, blocked from traveling, sweltering as they wait for the power to come on and the water to recede.

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.

Cooper, a Democrat, said he'd told the president "over and over again" that the state was "going to need significant resources to recover".

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

"We have never seen one like this", Cooper added.

"And to all those impacted by this bad storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help". False alarms about dam failures have caused panic in a state where there is a lot of concern about whether many dams already in poor condition will hold as rivers keep rising.

CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence surround two homes on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Some 10,000 people remain in shelters.

The president met Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the ground in North Carolina.

The reason is that climate change is warming the Arctic much more than it is heating up the Tropics, easing the pressure difference between the two, he said in an interview on Wednesday.

"Just like you, we have questions we want answered". "Businesses are returning to normal".

"Recognize this place?" he tweeted. Officials are warning that the flooding may worsen still, as rivers throughout the region are bursting their banks.

"We can attribute that additional rainfall to human-induced climate change", said Kevin Reed, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, who contributed to the study. "The water is going to come back up. We are anxious about Friday".

President Donald Trump loves being the center of attention.

"It's going to get rough for SC", he warned ahead of the expected cresting of rivers. Trump's motorcade then drove through a storm-damaged neighborhood where piles of water-logged sofa cushions, mattresses and downed trees lined streets and boats lay on their sides after washing up along a grassy shore.

They passed a auto buried in floodwaters and called out to see if anyone was in it.

The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people are "in harm's way". "It's just hard to explain".

Florence has led to at least 37 deaths, 27 of which occurred in North Carolina. Eight others died in SC, and an additional person was killed in a storm-related tornado in Virginia.

In a later post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct".

Many of those waterways are rising or cresting in the Carolinas, though a few were receding.

She says relief efforts will be enhanced the more people prepare for these events ahead of time.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that even with Florence gone, a stretch of the eastern USA spanning hundreds of miles from SC to Virginia was still vulnerable to moderate or major flooding. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

Wilmington was the epicenter of Florence's destruction. More than 86 inches of rain have fallen so far.

In Lumberton, where residents scrambled to plug the levee system, parts of Interstate 95 will remain closed until the Lumber River drops below 21 feet. Walters estimated the current depth is about 25 feet.

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