Trump tells Hurricane Florence survivor to 'have a good time'


Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast last week as a Category 1 hurricane, and has killed at least 36 people, authorities said.

Thousands of homes and roadways in the region remain underwater less than a week after the storm made landfall. This also contributed to numerous problems on the roads, which were seriously affected by hurricane "Florence". So far, we know that at least three dozen people died during Hurricane Florence, but we won't know the true extent of the damages for some time.

In Fayetteville, city officials reported that the Cape Fear River had reached 59 feet - "above Hurricane Matthew levels", referencing the 2016 storm that flooded North Carolina - on Tuesday morning and was expected to crest early today at more than 61 feet.

Social media users have been sharing before and after pictures of the storm's destruction on Twitter. North and SC met the hurricane in readiness, but to avoid casualties among the population have failed.

On Tuesday, after days of hoping for the best, Billy and Rita Sanderson waded in knee-high murky waters to see Florence's storm damage to their home of almost 30 years.

The North Carolina company lost 1.7 million chickens, but does not expect it to affect production, since there are more than 20 million chickens spread across the company's farms.

The Disaster Relief Fund is governed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Derrec Becker, a spokesman for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Among the dead were two detainees who died in a Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation van in SC floodwaters.

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At the same time, meteorologists can't please the residents of North Carolina and SC. "We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations and circumstances may change". And while sunny skies have returned, the water problems are just beginning.

"Understand: There is a lot of water inland, and it is continuing to make its way downstream", county manager Chris Coudreit said.

"We will be there 100 percent", pledged Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers. "We've seen all the pictures where houses are literally covered beyond the roof", Trump said at a news conference.

The slow-moving storm has since been downgraded to a tropical depression and moved into the USA northeast.

ANALYSIS: You'll get no argument from us there.

About 10,000 frustrated and exhausted people remain in shelters as forecasters predict flooding from swollen rivers will worsen in the two states over the next several days.

Some 2,600 people had been rescued by boat or helicopter in North Carolina alone since the storm hit land, according to the state department of public safety.

"This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory", Troxler said in a statement.