Trump visiting NC today to survey Florence impact

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President Donald Trump is expected to visit southeast North Carolina Wednesday. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
(WECT) –

President Donald Trump will travel to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday confirmed Trump’s travel plans to North Carolina, which bore the brunt of the powerful storm.

Days after the hurricane rolled through, the region is dealing with massive flooding. In Wilmington, residents lined up by the hundreds for free food, water and tarps while officials opened up to the public two routes that had previously been impassable.

Florence is being blamed for at least 34 deaths in three states.

Remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane are now a rainy, windy mass of low pressure. The system has sped up on a path toward the heavily populated Northeast.

The federal funding provides assistance to local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties.

According to the office of the Press Secretary, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

On a call with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Saturday, Trump “assured each elected official that the federal government stood ready and prepared to assist with anything their state and respective communities would need during this natural disaster.”

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