President Trump visited Conway to see damage caused by Florence

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Smita Depani, center, stands in the apartment she lived in while surveying the damage with her brother-in-law Jayanti Depani, left, and sister-in-law Puspa Manvar in the motel they own which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

He added: 'We need it, and we have it, and we will be applying it, and there will be nothing left undone'.

"Flooding in North Carolina is sending unheard amounts of water into South Carolina along the Lynches, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said in a letter requesting federal aid on Thursday.

The President then met with local and state officials, SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Congressman Tom Rice at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, assuring them that Washington is behind the county and will provide federal help.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said.

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Emergency management authorities in North Carolina said an earlier toll of 17 had risen to 25 since Florence made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, with its aftermath threatening further flooding as well as potential dam failures and landslides.

North Carolina officials have asked residents living along the river, especially those in Brunswick County, to evacuate and move to safer grounds.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.

"Understand: There is a lot of water inland, and it is continuing to make its way downstream", county manager Chris Coudreit said. Parts of the county saw over 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, but Florence was blamed for the deaths of two people before the waters started rising: a husband and wife, both 86 years old, died Friday in Fayetteville in a fire sparked by the candles they lit after their home lost power.

President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported.

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President Trump hands out food on Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, N.C., where food and other supplies are being distributed.

North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country. About 10,000 remain in shelters. "All of the folks from the federal government that are around the table are confirming it". We are all with you 100 percent'. The enduring image of the trip was of Trump at a church lobbing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets.

Before that, Trump's trip to Texas after Hurricane Harvey generated blowback for his failure to meet with victims of the storm. He also cheered on volunteers and emergency workers and handed out hot dogs and potato chips to residents.

In a Friday press conference, McMaster said the state's resources and personnel had shifted to the PeeDee region.

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