Trump to visit NC as governor asks pleads for patience

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton North Carolina on Sunday.       Steve Helber  AP

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton North Carolina on Sunday. Steve Helber AP

The six-time NBA champion, who played high-school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended college at North Carolina, made two large donations to Carolina residents.

"We are beginning the process of getting our feet under us, Mr. President", Cooper said, describing Hurricane Florence as "a storm like no other".

"GPS navigation companies are not keeping up with all the road closures and are directing people onto roads that are confirmed closed and flooded", said a statement issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence. This one has been epic. "I'm asking you, sir, for your help every step of the way".

Trump pledged to be with storm victims "100 per cent" as they recover from Florence, which dumped torrential rains and caused heavy flooding that has required a massive recovery effort by state, federal and local officials.

Mary and Phil Pongonis look at the damaged roadway from Hurricane Florence in Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C., September 18, 2018.

Trump called Florence "one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country" and promised federal support for disaster relief.

Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million To Hurricane Relief Efforts In North Carolina
Florence's Death Toll Rises As Floods Threaten Carolinas

At least 27 of the deaths happened in North Carolina.

Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday, with an additional three forecasted to peak by Thursday. But on Wednesday he offered comforting words to families who suffered losses, saying, "America grieves with you and our hearts break for you".

The hurricane prompted widespread evacuations and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, the governor said.

The 55-year-old owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

In North Carolina, where thousands of people remain in shelters or are staying elsewhere, Cooper has urged patience, noting that roads remain treacherous and some are still being closed for the first time.

Murphy said many in the community were displaced from their homes for months after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

A vehicle sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.

Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas
Officials in Carteret County, North Carolina, announced on Saturday morning that two people had died on Harkers Island. The state DOT said on its website that the two roads are expected to re-open by Monday morning.

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