Trump Visits Hurricane-Ravaged North Carolina

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday toured areas of the Carolinas ravaged by Hurricane Florence as the death toll from the storm climbed to 37.

The latest victims in SC were identified as Wendy Wenton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, by the Marion County Coroner, US media report.

"Whatever they need from Washington, we are there", Trump said, according to the press pool.

Cooper said Florence was "epic" in nature.

Florence has killed at least 36 people, including 27 in North Carolina, 8 in SC and 1 in Virginia.

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Federal authorities are working with private partners, as well, including the American Red Cross. So far, twenty-seven people are reported to have died from the storm and the resulting flooding, a dam has failed, a coal ash landfill has collapsed, and millions of chickens and thousands of hogs have drowned. "We are fully co-operating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event". "All of the folks from the federal government that are around the table are confirming it". We are with you all the way. "You take care of yourself", he said. "To all those impacted by this awful storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help. And you will recover", he said.

During a briefing on damage from the storm, Trump asked a local official how conditions were at Lake Norman, the location of a Trump National Golf Club.

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.

The president's motorcade passed through local streets in New Bern as Eastern Carolina residents lined the streets to welcome President Trump. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding". There are roughly 10,000 people still in shelters. Many residents have been forced to wait in long lines for water and food.

Ahead of his trip, the president praised the first responders and people who live in the areas affected in a video posted to his Twitter account.

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Trump then spoke to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the attractive sunshine", Trump said.

And during a visit to Puerto Rico, where he was roundly criticized for lobbing paper towels into a crowd at a church as if shooting baskets, the president asked a couple if they felt safe in their concrete home.

"Have a good time" seems to be Trump's hurricane catchphrase. Many people in the crowd smiled and raised their phones to record the moment. But critics quickly dubbed it inappropriate for the grim crisis at hand. He told Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston the same thing a year ago. That's four times its normal height.

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