Local groups start relief drive for victims of Hurricane Florence

Pablo Tucker
September 20, 2018

It was the same message at Trump's first stop in North Carolina, where Gov. Roy Cooper and federal and state officials briefed the president at a Marine Corps air station in Havelock, which sits among areas Florence hit hardest.

The detainees were women being transported from Waccamaw Mental Health and Loris Hospital to a behavioural health hospital in Darlington, South Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

"He promised 100 per cent support and we're going to hold them to it", he said of Trump.

That exceeds poultry losses two years ago in Hurricane Matthew, it said.

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Pollocksville, North Carolina, Mayor Jay Bender spoke to Fox News' Griff Jenkins about the devastating flooding in his town.

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms raced through the Northeast and in to the Atlantic.

Crops of cotton and peanuts in those states have also suffered and 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs drowned on North Carolina farms, according to official calculations.

"Our rivers are still cresting and there is still danger for some people", he added. Close to 200,000 residents are still without power, and about 7,800 are living in shelters.

High water: The Cape Fear River had crested at 18.7m early on Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The POTUS thought it would be completely fine to make a joke to a victim of Hurricane Florence, which left heavy flood damage in North Carolina.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.

One of North Carolina's largest cities still is mostly cut off by floodwaters, so food, water and tarps are being brought into Wilmington by big military trucks and helicopters.

And during a visit to Puerto Rico, where he was roundly criticized for lobbing paper towels into a crowd at a church as if shooting baskets, the president asked a couple if they felt safe in their concrete home.

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

Following the news conference Trump joined the governor handing out meals in styrofoam containers to North Carolina residents and asking how they were doing.

He also offered hugs and handshakes and posed for photos with people cleaning up their homes after the storm.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina.

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