Gov. Roy Cooper, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Rep. David Rouzer and other officials joined Trump at a nationally televised public briefing in a hangar a few hundred yards from the executive plane.
"We will be there 100 percent", Trump said.
Adds Trump: "I think it will be an incredible day". "There will be nothing left undone. You'll have everything you need".
The southeast region, and in particular the coastal communities of North Carolina and SC, are starting the long road to recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good reported at the briefing that power has been restored to 1.5 million people; 150,000 customers are still waiting.
There were still flashes of Trump's outsized persona - he asked about the status of Lake Norman, where he owns a golf club, telling officials, "I can't tell you why, but I love that area". Forecasters expect the Waccamaw to swell almost a metre above the previous record crest by early next week.
The Waccamaw River has started its slow rise in the city of 23,000, and forecasters expect it to swell almost a metre (three feet) above the previous record crest by Tuesday while still rising. The White House declined to release a detailed itinerary for the president in advance, but based on past such trips, he can be expected to tour badly hit neighborhoods in North and SC. A gauge at Fayetteville showed the river leveling off there. "You will get a lot of water, we see it, it's coming down". Thousands of people remained in shelters.
The county reports that 31 buildings have been destroyed and another 510 have received some type of storm damage.
Florence County has opened several emergency shelters. Parts of the main north-south route on the East coast, Interstate 95, and the main road to Wilmington, Interstate 40, remain flooded and will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.
In addition to the donations, the Hornets partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank to help pack and distribute 5,000 food boxes, which provided individual meals to victims.
New Bern's residential streets are lined by debris, including siding and furniture, with sofa cushions and mattresses scattered about.
Behind the house was a large boat, which had washed up near the man's property. Soaked ground could damage peanut crops, and hemp stems were reported blown over, the state said.
Trump turned and replied with smile, "At least you got a nice boat out of the deal".
The president later told reporters the homeowner told Trump his insurance company didn't want to pay for the damage, according to the report.
"We can attribute that additional rainfall to human-induced climate change", said Kevin Reed, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, who contributed to the study.
"Our people took a gut punch", Cooper said after the president's arrival.
Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.
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