President Trump to visit Cherry Point as part of Florence tour

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 19, 2018

With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet. "The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to fix the damage and for the families to get back on their feet".

Jordan is donating $1 million each to the American Red Cross and Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

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.

Florence is a "storm like no other" and its deadly flooding means "a long road ahead" for North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump Wednesday.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the damage caused by Florence.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that 16 community water treatment facilities in North Carolina are unable to supply drinking water and that seven publicly owned sewage treatment works are non-operational due to the flooding.

"We've been preparing for and living through Hurricane Florence for more than a week now, but this remains a significant disaster that affects much of our state", Cooper said. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week.

Several sections of I-95 remain flooded in North Carolina as of Wednesday morning, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a fast-food restaurant drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to pallets lining a street, placed an order and left without having to get out.

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

Items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from atop homes and other structures.

"There is a strong potential that those who live within the 1-mile evacuation area of the Cape Fear River will be impacted by flooding", the city said in a statement.

He was accompanied by the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) chief, Brock Long; Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened. Trump said, without offering evidence, that Democrats had inflated the figure to make him look bad.

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