Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Reporter gasps after Trump tells storm victim to ‘have a good time’

Reporter gasps after Trump tells storm victim to ‘have a good time’

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Entire communities, including housing developments, shopping centers, farms, forests and roads, are completely engulfed by water.

More than 121,000 customers were without power across North Carolina, and more than 2.1mn customers across the southeast United States were affected by the storm, according to utilities.

More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were working in North Carolina, and the Defense Department assigned 13,500 military personnel to help relief efforts.

Dakota Smith, a meteorologist for Weather Nation, has shared more than a dozen similar before-and-after scenes using NOAA's aerial imagery on Twitter. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.

The emotional words and comprehensive itinerary stood in contrast with Trump's trip to Puerto Rico past year after Hurricane Maria, when he drew criticism for tossing rolls of paper towels into the crowd.

In Conway, South Carolina some residents were heading home Wednesday but only to collect their belongings and evacuate again after officials say more flooding could be on the way.

McMaster estimates the storm recovery will cost about $1.2 billion, according to the letter he sent to the state's congressional delegation.

All that water from Nichols and Conway is heading toward Georgetown County, where five different rivers dump into the Atlantic Ocean.

In North Carolina, many people have started returning to flooded homes as the rivers receded.

"River flooding is dynamic and it's happening all over our state", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters.

"Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harm's way as the hurricane approached", the statement read.

He indicated that the federal government has the resources and money to help.

"Now it looks nice, but it's really the calm before the storm", he said.

Almost 3 feet of rain fell in places, and dozens of cities had more than 10 inches of rain. "Conway city leaders have said the river could surge past 22 feet late next week, sending enough water into neighborhoods to damage nearly 1,000 homes", according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

"And we have not only the record amounts that have dropped on SC, particularly in this third of the state, but we have the water coming down from North Carolina, because we have three watersheds, three river sheds: the Waccamaw, the Pee Dee, and the Lynches River".

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