Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

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.

Trump promised, "Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will be there".

With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and residents waiting in hours-long lines for supplies, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

"We're ready.to do whatever we have to do to make this ideal", Trump said at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina, where he received a briefing from state and local officials.

At least one North Carolina dam has breached so far under the strain of Florence's flooding, but officials say no homes were affected.

Experts say people likely got complacent about Florence because of a scale that only categorizes hurricanes by wind strength.

Mr. Trump is traveling to North Carolina, a state where 343,000 people are still without power after bearing the brunt of the storm's impact.

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On Wednesday, the president is scheduled to depart the White House en route to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina.

Local officials say the president is also expected to visit flooded areas near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At the time, it seemed to reflect Trump's brand of playfulness.

Despite everything they had been through, the volunteers and locals were energized, and cheered when he finished handing out food, then crowded around the president to get photos.

Adds Trump: "I think it will be an incredible day". "We've never seen one like this. a storm like no other".

Jordan's family moved to Wilmington when he was a child, and he went to Laney High School before attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. "They don't know whose boat that is". In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

In New Bern, the reception to Trump's visit has been largely positive, according to NPR's Brian Mann.

Through tears, she said she has survived hurricanes Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016 but "this has been the absolute worst one". Some critics said the president's trip took on the tone of a victory lap for successful disaster management.

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