Trump tells Hurricane Florence survivor to 'have a good time'

3.4 million poultry 5,500 hogs drowned in Hurricane Florence flooding

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C. Sunday Sept. 16 2018

The White House said President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina on Wednesday morning to see the damage. Trump said the federal government would do everything necessary to ensure recovery.

A wall of concrete barriers and plastic sheets is being built along US Highway 501 to save the main road into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from going underwater. "Whatever you need from Washington, we are there", Trump told an official briefing in Conway, South Carolina. "They're talking about it all over the world".

"We're getting all teed up for a lot of money to come down to the area". But on Wednesday he offered comforting words to families who suffered losses, saying, "America grieves with you and our hearts break for you".

"Florence has been a nasty one", Trump continued.

"And to all those impacted by this awful storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help".

Trump then visited a church in heavily hit New Bern, North Carolina, where he helped hand out meals to victims of the flooding. He then met with local and state officials, as well as SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis; South Carolina Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. The president also was scheduled to travel to SC. "And you will recover", he said.

The storm has resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, 26 in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed.

Authorities say two female inmates being transported to a mental health facility in SC drowned in rising flood waters after the van they were in was swept away.

Among the dead were two detainees who died in a Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation van in SC floodwaters. Both deputies were able to escape, but the two female patients were left behind in the submerged vehicle after efforts to free them were unsuccessful.

In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy", Sheriff Phillip Thompson told the Greenville News. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said. "We are fully co-operating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

Patrice Carmichael, who was forced to leave her home in Lumberton at the weekend as floodwater rose, said she had been promised a hotel room for her, her partner and their four children, but they were still stuck in the Pembroke shelter as of Wednesday.

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.

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