Trump jokes 'at least you got a boat' to Hurricane Florence victim

Christopher Davidson
September 21, 2018

"We never learn from any of these storms". Roads remained unsafe, and some were still being closed as swollen rivers emptied toward the ocean.

North Carolina officials said 7,800 people remained in shelters, down from about 10,000 on Monday, despite Gov. Roy Cooper's plea to stay put. "I even got to shake his hand and introduce him to some of our awesome staff at the shelter".

In this aerial photo taken September 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence.

Gratitude was a message Cooper tried to convey to everyone he spoke with Thursday, letting those effected know that they are not alone.

Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.

"We've been working to address environmental hazards caused by industrial waste mismanagement in North Carolina for over two decades", said Will Hendrick, Waterkeeper Alliance staff attorney and manager of the Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign in a statement received by EcoWatch.

In a 2015 interview, Tim Davis, an entomologist and senior extension agent with Clemson University said: "If the water rises, they kind of all grab a hold of each other, and they can do this for several days, until they reach higher ground".

Florence has killed at least 35 people - 26 deaths happened in North Carolina, while another eight happened in SC. The deputies were able to climb atop the van as waters inundated the vehicle. According to NOAA, an average of three hurricanes cross the US coast every five years.

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"PLEASE DO NOT RETURN", the county said in a tweet. In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed. They told him the storm would displace them, the pool account noted.

Sheriff Phillip Thompson said he does not believe the women were in restraints like those sometimes used on psychiatric patients.

In Trump's video, he thanked all those who were involved in providing help and aid to those affected by the hurricane. Sixty of its 880 broiler houses in North Carolina flooded and another six broiler houses experienced damage.

Sanderson Farms, one of the largest poultry producers in North Carolina, lost 1.7 million chickens on its farms, and 60 of its 880 production chicken broiler houses have flooded, the company said in a news release.

"Now it looks nice but it's really the calm before the storm", he said.

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

North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance.

Maria also devastated the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, whose 3 million citizens are Americans but do not vote in presidential elections, and left much of the island without power for months.

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