Donald Trump visits areas affected by Hurricane Florence, promises aid

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With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump visited both North and SC, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials.

Hurricane Florence has resulted in at least 37 deaths in three states, but President Donald Trump seems to want survivors to look on the bright side.

"You've broken all records - this is going to add 4, 5, 6 feet of water all over the state", he said.

Trump visited a neighborhood in Conway where residents were loading moving vans in anticipation of more flooding.

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.

"It's going to get rough for SC", he told them.

In the hours after Florence made landfall last week, more than 350 people had to be rescued from New Bern, which is flanked by the Neuse and Trent rivers.

Michael Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, close to where Florence came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, has donated $2 million to relief and recovery agencies. Floodwaters have disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

High water: The Cape Fear River had crested at 18.7m early on Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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Heavy flooding from Hurricane Florence is causing a pig poop problem in North Carolina.

The risk of environmental damage also mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into floodwaters, local media reported.

North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country.

Brock Long, the embattled FEMA administrator facing mounting questions about an investigation into his use of government vehicles, traveled to North Carolina this week and met with state officials.

"We're going to be there 100%", Trump told officials at a briefing shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps air station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina.

And during a visit to Puerto Rico, where he was roundly criticized for lobbing paper towels into a crowd at a church as if shooting baskets, the president asked a couple if they felt safe in their concrete home.

The president then traveled to SC, where he attended a second briefing and warned residents that the flooding was expected to continue. The president walked along a street strewn with piles of trash, branches and sodden furniture, offering hugs and handshakes and posing for photos outside damaged houses.

Thousands of homes are still underwater in the Carolinas and thousands of families have had to be rescued from the floods.