Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

Trump pledges support for storm-battered N Carolina

A Philippine police officer says residents of a mining camp in a mountain village refused to leave ahead of the powerful typhoon, believing their chapel and nearby bunkhouses were on stable ground. "You'll have everything you need".

Whether Trump was joking or simply pointing out a bit of silver lining, the interaction prompted some to question the president's empathy for the many Carolinians whose homes and possessions were destroyed in Florence - the latest in a string of his responses to natural disasters to be criticized. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott; Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of staff John Kelly, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. More than 5 million gallons (19 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the river after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said. Much of Lumberton, where the Lumber river flooded mostly lower-income housing, was still inaccessible. Close to 200,000 residents are still without power, and about 7,800 are living in shelters.

"There's no easy fix for this and I know there's a lot of people who lost their homes", she said.

Goldsboro was also still flooded. Some areas are still on on high alert due to the ongoing threat of flooding as rivers and lakes crest.

On Tuesday night, the majority of hotels to the north of Fayetteville were fully booked as people rushed to escape the flood.

Kinston Police in North Carolina also posted a video on Facebook showing clumps of fire ants in flood waters, warning residents to stay safe.

The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people were "in harm's way".

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms raced through the Northeast and in to the Atlantic. Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC.

Evacuations: Tens of thousands of people have been ordered out of communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers, while over 2.4 million people in southern China's Guangdong province were warned to escape Typhoon Mangkhut.

Last year, North Carolina farmers also raised 830.8 million chickens for meat, 9 percent of the USA flock, and 32.5 million turkeys, or 13 percent of the US total, according to the USDA.

"Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

"Our town is devastated".

President Trump descended from his jumbo jet onto Cherry Point this morning to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence and was met with an array of local and federal politicians.

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