President Trump arrives in North Carolina to survey Florence damage

President Trump arrives in North Carolina to survey Florence damage

President Trump is in the flood-soaked Carolinas Wednesday where, under sunny skies, he's getting a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast.

"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan, who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, said last week in a statement posted on the team's website announcing its charity work.

Several rivers in North Carolina are still rising, causing a new flooding.

As of Tuesday evening, the storm had been blamed for at least 35 deaths.

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Hurricane Florence's torrential rains have flooded much of the area and washed over sections of numerous roads, including the interstate.

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof.

He sympathized with those who were forced to flee and are now relying on government-distributed bottled water and ready-to-eat field rations.

Hurricane Florence bypassed South Florida, but we haven't forgotten the need for relief after Hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted us and our neighbors in Puerto Rico.

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"It's been pretty bad", said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, and crews have completed about 700 rescues in the county where Wilmington is located.

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.

Supplies have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also were used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from homes and other structures. It's now at more than 60 feet and expected to crest sometime on Wednesday. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened.

Officials are urging residents to pick a side of the Cape Fear River and stay there until the bridge reopens. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.

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"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the handsome sunshine", Trump said. Power outages also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 200,000, almost all in North Carolina.

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