Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Calm before storm,' Trump warns SC after Florence deluge

'Calm before storm,' Trump warns SC after Florence deluge

The former basketball star Michael Jordan, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, donated $2m to the Florence recovery effort, the team said.

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged them to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday (Saturday NZT).

Trump traveled with North Carolina Republican Sens.

"To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you and our hearts break for you", he said. "We are with you".

The death toll from storm Florence has risen to at least 37 in the US East Coast, including two mental health patients drowned in a van overtaken by floodwaters, local media reported Wednesday.

Governor Cooper thanked the president for coming.

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week.

Back in North Carolina, during a briefing at a Marine air station there, Trump did seem concerned about one part of the state.

Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the U.S. state.

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"Got it? Have a good time", Trump was caught saying on video as he handed a meal to a man in hard-hit New Bern - prompting an incredulous MSNBC reporter to say off camera: "I think he just said, 'Have a good time'".

He said Trump needs to see firsthand that little towns like Pollocksville are cut off and in "desperate circumstances", and the people are "horribly frustrated". "I can't say why".

Trump visited a neighborhood in Conway where residents were loading moving vans in anticipation of more flooding.

Federal authorities are working with private partners, as well, including the American Red Cross.

Speaking from inside an airplane hangar, Trump told emergency workers, "The job you've done has been incredible".

"You've broken all records - this is going to add 4, 5, 6 feet of water all over the state", he said. The enduring image of the trip was of Trump at a church lobbing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets.

Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina on September 17, 2018.

Then Trump took a longer look at the vessel. At the time, it seemed to reflect Trump's brand of playfulness. Four days later, he returned - and urged people at a Houston shelter to "have a good time". "This boat. They don't know what happened".

Troxler said 2,800 hogs and 1.8 million birds died from Hurricane Matthew.

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