Trump gets firsthand look at Hurricane Florence distress

Trump pledges support for storm-battered N Carolina

The POTUS thought it would be completely fine to make a joke to a victim of Hurricane Florence, which left heavy flood damage in North Carolina.

With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump sought to strike a balance between comforter and cheerleader, mindful that he has been criticized in the past for not showing sufficient empathy in the face of tragedy.

The governor also said that 16 rivers in the state are at major flood stage and over 1,100 roads are closed.

In the dark: About 205 000 outages had occurred, mostly in North Carolina.

Trump called Florence "one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country" and promised federal support for disaster relief. We will never leave your side. "We are with you".

Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday.

Before that, Trump's trip to Texas after Hurricane Harvey battered the Houston area generated blowback for his failure to meet with victims of the storm. "I'm asking you, sir, for your help every step of the way". "Maybe it becomes theirs".

With that in mind, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition and DJ Nacho Productions teamed up to help people in North and SC who are dealing with the mess Hurricane Florence left behind.

He later added: 'I think it's incredible what we're seeing.

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U.S. President Donald Trump warned SC on Wednesday "water is coming your way" from more floods as the death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to at least 36 after a sheriff's van was swept away killing 2 women.

Temple Baptist Church volunteers in New Bern handed out meals to people throughout the day and they had a little extra help when President Trump stopped to join volunteers giving meals to residents in need.

They are not asking for clothes or perishable food items.

"Florence has been a nasty one", Trump continued. "You take care of yourself".

During his tour, he stopped to speak with a man that had a storm-damaged boat on his lawn.

"How's it doing?" the president asked after one woman pointed at a house. He also walked through a neighborhood lined with discarded wet furniture, hugging residents and posing for pictures. Some people applauded as he went by.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimated up to 125 million pounds (57 million kilograms) of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages, an amount that could translate to as much as $350 million in lost farm revenue.

"I'm really not sure what it's going to be like after it's all over", Bender said, estimating that the floodwaters are four to five feet higher than they were after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

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