Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

Hurricane Florence 3.4 million poultry 5,500 hogs drowned in flooding Trump will visit SC to survey damage from Hurricane Florence
Nellie Chapman | 20 September, 2018, 00:20

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

"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.

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Sixteen rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak in the next two days, he said.

WILMINGTON, N.C. The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff's van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.

President Trump once again told survivors of a killer hurricane to "have a good time, " offering the ill-timed comment on Wednesday, during a tour of storm-ravaged North Carolina.

Recently, Trump has angrily challenged the almost 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago.

Hewett said the river could crest to its highest historic level - about 62 feet - by Wednesday.

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck. That has hampered efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow residents to homes.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95.

'Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe, ' Cooper said in a news conference. "Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to".

Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday.

"I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew", Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses.

Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers.

Maria also devastated the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, whose 3 million citizens are Americans but do not vote in presidential elections, and left much of the island without power for months.