Donald Trump heads to Carolinas to look at Hurricane Florence damage

A North Carolina Highway Patrol drone captured this image of the I-40

Flooding could begin early next week, officials said during a community meeting on Thursday, as water continues to drain into rivers and reservoirs across North and SC.

The deaths of 26 people in North Carolina and six in SC have been attributed to the storm.

"The job you've done has been incredible".

More than 5 million gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents. "Some of the hard work is now".

The EPA has also said that once conditions allow, it plans are to deploy "reconnaissance teams" to inspect Superfund hazardous-waste sites in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Michael Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, close to where Florence came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, has donated $2 million to relief and recovery agencies.

"America grieves with you and our hearts break for you".

"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe", the president said.

"I love that area. They can't say for certain what it might do", Conway resident Joe Holmes told the AP on Monday.

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Lake Norman was not affected in a major way by Hurricane Florence.

The president is scheduled to visit flooded areas near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He surveyed flooding and received briefings from local officials.

The South Carolina National Guard says in a news release that Gov. Henry McMaster was to meet Tuesday with U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J.

"This is a tough hurricane - one of the wettest we've ever seen, from the standpoint of water", Trump said in a video tweeted out Tuesday.

"I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew", Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses. He warned that the Democrats will soon start criticizing the government response, and "this will be a total lie, but that's what they do, and everybody knows it!" Trump sought to harness that a year ago during visits to Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after storms struck.

A hurricane that makes landfall is never good, but even worse is a slow-moving storm. He later returned to the state to meet with displaced families.

The visit comes less than a week after Trump infuriated officials in Puerto Rico and drew criticism from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for questioning a study that said almost 3,000 people died on the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Presidents have long sought to use natural disasters as a way to project executive leadership, often in a setting where politics are set aside.

But extreme weather can also expose an administration's weaknesses, as Hurricane Katrina did for President George W. Bush in 2005.

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