Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 20, 2018

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (left) visit a house where a boat washed ashore in the backyard while touring a neighbourhood impacted by Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

He says, "There will be nothing left undone". "You'll have everything you need".

Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous 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. Of those, 27 died in North Carolina, including in Duplin County, where the Sandersons live.

Trump praised first responders and offered comfort to residents who suffered losses in the storm, saying: "To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you, and our hearts break for you".

Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.

The flooding got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge in Fayetteville after the river began touching girders supporting the bridge's top deck.

The president met Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the ground in North Carolina. Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in SC are watching closely as water continues to poor into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence.

The sewage spill took place over six days, starting September 13 and ending September 18.

Hurricane Florence has battered the east coast with heavy winds and torrential rains, but now poses a new danger as the former storm continues to sweep across the north east.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said 16 rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday with three more expected to peak by Thursday. A nighttime curfew remained in effect in Wilmington.

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where USA 17 was impassable. He disputed the official death toll of 2,975 in the USA territory, which was compiled by public health experts at George Washington University.

"We're ready.to do whatever we have to do to make this ideal", Trump said Wednesday. "More than 1.6 million meals have been delivered".

President Donald Trump says SC is in for a "rough few days" in the aftermath of Florence, but assures the state that the federal government "is behind you".

Trump told reporters as he departed the White House that he will also visit SC before he returns to the White House later Wednesday.

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