A White House spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Trump would travel to North Carolina, where he will be joined by U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, whose district includes numerous areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence, including Wilmington.
Ahead of the storm that hit September 14, the VA closed five hospitals and 18 community-based outpatient clinics in the southeast coastal regions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Officials across the state are cautioning residents not to be fooled by Tuesday's sunshine, saying more floods are expected this week. O'Shaughnessy at the state's emergency response headquarters.
More than a dozen rivers across North Carolina were at major flood stage on Monday or threatening to rise to critical levels.
"We've been preparing for and living through Hurricane Florence for more than a week now, but this remains a significant disaster that affects much of our state", Cooper said.
"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said. Officials at the center said that its outlying clinics were tentatively scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, but added that actual re-openings were "to be determined based on factors like weather, road and facility condition as well as water and utility availability".
And a wave of solidarity rippled through hard-hit New Bern, where hundreds of people lined up as a local supermarket distributed fried chicken and hamburgers. "But I do know there is a long road to recovery in the days, weeks, months and even years ahead". "It happened so fast".
Florence dumped close to 36 inches of rain, according to totals measured in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Some areas in the state received over 30 inches.
In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster warned residents that the waters hadn't crested there either in many areas.
Utility crews from multiple states worked to restore power, and outages were down from a high of more than 900,000 to about 320,000 homes and businesses, almost all in North Carolina.More news: President Trump says he feels ‘terribly’ for Brett Kavanaugh
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"We had to evacuate".
"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said.
The flooding unfolded just as forecasters expected, but many residents in the Carolinas still seemed caught off guard as they were plucked off a vehicle's roof or pulled by boat from their flooded homes.
"You've got to be very careful what you say on social media man", Alsup told the News, "but I'm a man of my word".
The Cape Fear River at Chinquapin was up to 7.38 metres on Sunday morning, 22cm into a new record, and again, a dramatic 3.42m above flood level.
More than 350,000 customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are still without power Tuesday after Florence continues its sweep through the region.
"Our main worry is water and flooding".
The pets can be heard howling and whimpering in the footage, as volunteer rescuer Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, waded through knee-high waters to reach the cage. Power is still out for the majority of residents, and the ongoing flooding will make it hard for the power company to begin work to restore downed lines.
In New York, several roads in counties along the Pennsylvania border have been closed by flash flooding.
"BREAKING. We've observed a one-minute period of sunshine at the NWS Raleigh office", the NWS said on Twitter.