Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Trump to visit NC as governor asks pleads for patience

Trump to visit NC as governor asks pleads for patience

More miles of northbound Interstate 95 in SC, just south of the North Carolina line, have been closed due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, the S.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper listen while attending a briefing, after Trump arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to visit areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, Sept. 19, 2018, in Havelock, N.C.

The National Weather Service said in a tweet Tuesday that many rivers in the Carolinas are in flood stage and still rising, and the "flooding could last weeks".

Trump's trip to the state follows criticism for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico past year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000 in the USA territory. Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations.

U.S. Army personnel unload food and water from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for a community isolated by the effects of Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, in Atkinson, North Carolina, on September 18. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

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Monday still remains near 80 under mostly sunny skies before the remnants of Florence slides in ahead of a cold front by Tuesday. An additional three feet of water would bring the storm surge to 6 feet high, potentially destroying homes along the coastline.

She added: "People aren't talking about the hurricane any more so, it's easy to put it out of your mind but, destruction is still happening in #NC.people's hearts are still breaking seeing their homes destroyed.people and animals are still being rescued.some people are still losing their lives".

"It's been pretty bad", said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.

In North Carolina, where thousands of people remain in shelters or are staying elsewhere, Cooper has urged patience, noting that roads remain treacherous and some are still being closed for the first time. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, and crews have completed about 700 rescues in the county where Wilmington is located.

"A map in a catastrophe is only so good as its ability to capture real-time information either from sensors or people", Steve Goldsmith, a professor who directs Harvard University's Data-Smart City Solutions project, told The Associated Press. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened.

"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the lovely sunshine", Trump said. Thousands are already in shelters in North Carolina.

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