Hurricane Florence death toll climbs to 37; Donald Trump visits stricken area

Adjust Comment Print

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will travel to North Carolina in the aftermath of the massive flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Florence.

He says, "There will be nothing left undone". You're going to need it.

Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.

The tragic incident occurred near the Little Pee Dee River, which continues to rise as water from upriver North Carolina makes its way into South Carolina's waterways.

But on Wednesday he offered comforting words to families who suffered losses, saying, "America grieves with you and our hearts break for you". The president helped hand out meals at a Baptist church serving as a food distribution centre and walked along a neighbourhood street strewn with trash, branches and sodden furniture.

Although the storm is long gone, river flooding still poses a danger to the area. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane last week, and has killed at least 36 people, authorities said.

Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies from Conway to Darlington on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by flood waters.

Читайте также: Rentrée très difficile pour Cyril Hanouna — TPMP

President Donald Trump has arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina to take in the devastation left by Florence.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, the president was focused on criticism of the federal response to the hurricane that battered Puerto Rico a year ago.

"Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. A nighttime curfew remained in effect in Wilmington.

Hurricane Florence dumped more than eight trillion gallons of water, and all the record flooding has triggered thousands of water rescues with Coast Guard crews working around the clock airlifting families to safety. He disputed the official death toll of 2,975 in the US territory, which was compiled by public health experts at George Washington University.

Trump said, "We're ready to do whatever we have to do to make this ideal". More than 324,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.

Trump was apparently talking to an older man whose home had been damaged after a large yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck of his porch.

Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas on Tuesday, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and fix efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home.

При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
«» 2007 - 2019 Copyright.
Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.

Код для вставки в блог