'Calm before storm,' Trump warns SC after Florence deluge

'Calm before storm,' Trump warns SC after Florence deluge

"It's going to get rough for SC", he warned ahead of the expected cresting of rivers.

Trump says that, although the weather outside may be nice, "it's really the calm before the storm".

In South Carolina, farmers face damage to cotton, peanut and hemp crops, the state said.

Augustin Dieudomme looks toward the flooded entrance of his apartment complex near the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday, as the river continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence and its aftermath are still taking a toll on the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.

The two patients died on Tuesday after the vehicle carrying them, staffed by two Horry County deputies in SC, was swept away by flooding from Florence, the Horry County Sheriff's Office confirmed, Xinhua reported.

"If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, and waters were rising, why were they driving on that road anyway?" said Bamberg, a state lawmaker.

In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase. He chatted and shook people's hands as he walked along a street strewn with trash, branches and wet furniture.

Cooper, a Democrat, said he'd told the president "over and over again" that the state was "going to need significant resources to recover".

During his tour, he stopped to speak with a man that had a storm-damaged boat on his lawn.

President Donald Trump arrived in flood-ravaged North and SC on Wednesday to assess the federal response to Hurricane Florence, which drenched the state last week.

Trump arrived by helicopter Wednesday afternoon at an airport near the city of Conway, which is near Myrtle Beach.

President Trump hands out food on Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, N.C., where food and other supplies are being distributed.

He earlier visited a devastated community along North Carolina's Neuse River, speaking to residents in the flood ravaged town of New Bern.

He also offered hugs and handshakes and posed for photos with people cleaning up their homes after the storm.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also briefed the president on the recovery effort.

While he was being briefed about the deadly hurricane-related flooding and damage, Trump asked, "How is Lake Norman doing?"

"Everybody's closed, so we're hoping we can at least get a tarp here, maybe two", Karen Foster told ABC News.

Cooper and other elected leaders took the opportunity of Trump's visit to warn the president of what could come in North Carolina. Trees are down and piles of destroyed furniture are stacked outside houses.

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.



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