Trump gets firsthand look at Hurricane Florence distress

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc - The Jakarta Post

"The money will come as fast as you need it", Trump told officials during a briefing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in the southeastern part of North Carolina.

Here are the cities and counties that Hurricane Florence drenched the most.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Here's the unofficial, radar-estimated storm total rainfall from #Florence over all NC (actual gauge-measured amounts not included).

Florence dropped the most rain over Elizabethtown, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from the coast.

The Cape Fear River at Fayetteville crested at 61.5 feet on Wednesday, 4 feet higher than during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, while Interstate 40 flooding cut off Wilmington. The congregation rebuilt, This year, water from the Little River water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor. "My gut is turning up", church member Dennis DeLong said.

More than 54,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on September 14, according to local power companies.

"Our organization, the Hornets organization, we take a lot of pride in giving back to our community and our efforts are truly lead by our own and Michael Jordan", Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield said to FOX Business' Stuart Varney on Wednesday.

Four days earlier, Trump had issued a disaster declaration for the state that freed up federal aid to supplement state and local resources. But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington". The barrier island community of Emerald Isle started feeling the impacts of Florence more than a day before the hurricane made landfall, and a US government water monitoring gauge ultimately recorded water levels over 6 feet (2 meters) above normal there.

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Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia, including that of an 81-year-old whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC.

Potential environmental problems remained. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents to "stay alert" as water rises.

The risk of environmental damage from Florence mounted, too, as human and animal waste was washed into the floodwaters. Officials announced the end of a curfew and the resumption of regular trash pickup.

"They didn't clean the ditches", she said.

The storm continues to severely hamper travel.

One man had time to build a 6-foot-high dirt berm around his house.

New evacuations were ordered in Florence County, and the Waccamaw River in Conway is predicted to set a record level Saturday and keep rising through next Tuesday.

"Several roadways in the affected areas are still under water, presenting very unsafe driving conditions", State Highway Patrol Commander Col. Glenn McNeill said in the release.

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