Trump Asked About His Golf Course During Hurricane Florence Visit

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President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction Hurricane Florence left behind and the challenging relief efforts that are underway.

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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 and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott; Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of staff John Kelly, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, according to state officials.

On Wednesday, thousands of evacuees were urged to stay away from their homes, rivers kept rising, and the threat of floods remained high in North and SC. Swollen rivers are gushing downstream toward flooded towns and cities, putting more homes at risk.

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged them to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday. "We'll have it all taken care of".

Goldsboro was also still flooded. By Monday evening, 25 people were confirmed dead in North Carolina. Rivers swollen by days of rain still threaten communities barely touched by the storm.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

As of Tuesday night, their bodies had not yet been recovered.

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Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed.

Of those, 27 died in North Carolina, including in Duplin County, where the Sandersons live.

Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which has dumped up to 36in (91cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

In North Carolina, the president called the damage "incredible".

Hewett said the Cape Fear River could crest to its highest historic level - about 62 feet - by Wednesday.

There were still flashes of Trump's outsized persona - he asked about the status of Lake Norman, where he owns a golf club, telling officials, "I can't tell you why, but I love that area".

Trump said federal resources would be there "100 percent".

Maria also devastated the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, whose 3 million citizens are Americans but do not vote in presidential elections, and left much of the island without power for months.

"We have 12,000 residents who could be in harm's way if the river continues to rise", he said.

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