President Trump will travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Florence as soon as rescue and recovery efforts permit, the White House said on Friday when the storm claimed its first victims, including a mother a child.
Trump canceled two campaign rallies this week before the storm in Missouri and Mississippi in which he had planned to stop Republicans competing in the medium term. Their campaign efforts remained on hold before the weekend when the storm ravaged the Carolinas.
The president should receive an update of emergency preparedness in the situation room in the afternoon. He had nothing else, apart from his regular intelligence report, in his daily schedule.
President Trump will travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Florence as soon as rescue and recovery efforts permit, the White House said on Friday when the storm claimed its first victims, including a mother a child
Locked inside Washington, where the storm dragged the rain and light winds, the president shared information on Twitter from federal agencies about their emergency services.
& # 39; Incredible work done by FEMA, lifeguards, law enforcement and everything. Thanks! & # 39; the president tweeted on Friday morning.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said later in a statement that Trump would visit the states affected by the hurricane as soon as he could next week.
The president is expected to travel to the areas affected by the storm in the middle of next week, once it is determined that his trip will not interrupt any rescue or recovery effort. We will keep you informed when we have details, "the statement said.
Trump visited Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico in the last hurricane season to share his condolences with the affected families and give a pat on the back to those who responded to emergencies.
The video of him throwing rolls of paper towels to the needy in Puerto Rico upset some, including San Juan's Democratic mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who said his behavior was disrespectful. The president's wife, Melania, was harangued on another one-day trip for leaving the White House on her heels when she was about to visit a flood zone.
She changed her shoes before arriving in an area of Texas that was completely dry.
Trump visited Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico (seen here) the last hurricane season to share his condolences with the affected families and pat the emergency personnel on the back.
Melania Trump was harangued on a day trip to tour the areas affected by the storm after she was photographed leaving the White House in stilletos
The torrential rain has had lingering effects for the president who disputed this week that 3,000 Puerto Ricans died this month last year as a result of Hurricane Maria. He gave his administration an A + for his effort and called it an unrecognized success.
The administration worked overtime to avoid its past mistakes on Friday, with Trump staying behind closed doors and keeping his social networks focused on relief efforts during the hours that make up his time as executives.
Despite widespread warnings about the storm and government efforts to prevent the loss of life, a mother and her eight-month-old baby died Friday when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, with 18 trillion gallons of rain expected. Fall into what the state governor called a "thousand year" event at a press conference on Friday.
Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby Adam were trapped inside their house in Wilmington after a tree fell on the roof around 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). The firemen tried frantically to raise the tree to be able to escape, but they could not do it.
The father of the baby was rescued and transported in an ambulance, but the police declared the mother and baby dead at 2:30 p.m. M. (ET). They called the National Guard to remove the shattered tree.
The death of Murphy-Johnson was confirmed to DailyMail.com by her ex-husband Doughty, who showed her identification by the authorities and asked her to identify her.
On the other hand, a woman died of a heart attack in Pender County after doctors were unable to contact her, authorities announced Friday afternoon. Another woman died while connecting her generator in Lenoir County, authorities said.
Currently, Florence is stuck in southeastern North Carolina, but is expected to move inland through the Carolinas over the weekend before heading into the central Appalachian Mountains next week.
Beyond the 11-foot cyclonic storm surges and the sudden floods on Friday, there are more days of destruction and human suffering, warned North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. "The sun came out this morning in an extremely dangerous situation and is getting worse," he told a news conference on Friday morning, marking the storm as a "thousand-year rain event."
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous repeated the terrible warnings and told ABC News: "I see a biblically proportioned flood event that is going to happen, I see that the beach communities are inundated with water and destruction that It will be pretty, quite epic in nature. "
Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby Adam were trapped inside their house in Wilmington after a tree fell on the roof around 9.30 a.m. (ET)
The firemen frantically tried to raise the tree (in the image) so that the couple could escape from their home, but they could not do it.
Waves lash a wooden walkway off the coast of North Carolina, where Florence made landfall around 7:30 am on Friday
Rescue workers from City Fire Department No. 7 and Civil Crisis Response Team volunteers use a boat to rescue a woman and her dog from her house flooded during Hurricane Florence on Friday
The father of the baby was also in the house when the tree fell. The rescue workers were able to release him and take him to the hospital in an ambulance
Members of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 from Oakland, California, and soldiers from Battalion 105 of the Asheville North Carolina National Guard Military Police search homes for evacuees on Friday
This satellite map, captured on Friday at 8 a. M. (Eastern Time), shows Florencia touching land on the east coast. The outline of the coast has been drawn on the image to show the location of the storm
Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. M. At least 26,000 people sought refuge in shelters in the state and it was reported that 625,000 homes and businesses had no electricity.
There were three inches of rain falling every hour shortly after the storm hit land and 80 mph winds causing an 11-foot swell.
For seven days, 18 trillion gallons of rain are expected in the Carolinas and Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. The wind speed has decreased slightly from 90 mph when it touched down at 75 mph from 2 p. M. ET.
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet said: "The wall of the eye has moved through the area.
– It's still raining. The storm surge and floods continue to be a problem in our community. The worst of the storm has not happened yet. We are still concerned about the storm surge along our waterfront and in some of our inland estuaries, as the back of this storm continues to cause storm surges.
& # 39; We're expecting 20 inches or less of rain in New Hanover County & # 39;
More than 60 people, including children, had to be removed from a motel in Jacksonville at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders expected to be rescued.
The hurricane hit a hole the size of a basketball on the wall of the triangle's engine, causing concrete blocks to collapse and the roof to fall, while residents were still in their rooms. The firefighters had to break through and evacuate the guests to a shelter. No one was hurt.
Rescue teams were also working to free between 150 and 200 people trapped in homes in New Bern as city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts warned that the storm surge will increase further as Florence passes through the area.
Between 150 and 200 people have already been rescued after the nearby Neuse River rose 10 feet high since its banks erupted on Thursday.
The city warned that people may need to move on to the second story, but told them to stay still because we're going to look for it. Some 9,700 soldiers and civilians from the National Guard have been deployed, with high-speed vehicles, helicopters and ships.
Only in the besieged city of New Bern in North Carolina, mid-morning rescuers picked up more than 200 people from the rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait when the conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10. feet, authorities said.
Florence's rain will reach 40 inches in parts of the Carolinas, forecasters said. Rain totals will be similar to those of hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999, said Chris Wamsley of the National Weather Service on Friday morning.
"The only difference is that at that time it was in 14 days," he said. With Florence, we're seeing the same amount of rain in three days & # 39;
By noon on Friday, airlines had canceled more than 2,100 flights from the US. UU From the focus of the storm from Wednesday to Sunday, according to the FlightAware tracking service.
The two largest airports in the region, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, had more than 200 cancellations on Friday. That's about half the flights in Raleigh and one in eight in Charlotte.
An image of before and after a scene in New Bern on Thursday shows the violent impacts of the storm, which flooded the area with flood waters
An image of before and after a scene in New Bern. The rescue teams were also working to free about 150 people trapped in homes in New Bern
Rescue workers pray in the quiet residential street in Wilmington, North Carolina, where a mother and her baby died on Friday
The firefighters could not get the tree out of the house in Wilmington on Friday and had to call the National Guard (pictured)
Volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City on Friday
The volunteers took the children from James City to a safe place on Friday along a flooded road. Hundreds of people have had to request emergency rescues in the area, authorities said
Rescue workers return the dog to its owner after both were rescued from their flooded property in James City on Friday
Rescue workers from the Fire Department of Municipality No. 7 and volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team use a boat to rescue a woman and her dog from her house flooded in James City on Friday
Firefighters use a boat to rescue three people from their flooded home during Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, on Friday
Members of the Fire Department of Municipality No. 7 and civilian volunteers had a very busy night on Thursday after the hurricane hit the area.
The residents of this North Carolina city woke up Friday morning to find a tree that had fallen on the roof of a house. The storm is expected to cause damage worth $ 170 billion, according to a prediction
Residents look at fallen trees when Hurricane Florence passes over Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday. Authorities warn that the hurricane could get worse over the weekend
The awning of a BP service station in Top Sall, North Carolina, takes off when Hurricane Florence makes landfall Thursday night
Even before Florence reached land, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported waves of storms and hurricane-force winds that threatened life along the Carolinas coast and left coastal streets flooded with ocean water.
Like an out-of-control freight train, Florence entered Wilmington, a port city of 120,000 people off the coast of North Carolina, and began hitting the city.
The city was plunged into darkness after losing its power grid shortly after 5 am during some of the fiercest wind gusts.
The damage begins to appear as large strips of the roof of the Hotel Ballast, a basic element of tourism in the center of the city, are detached one by one and are dragged to the sky.
The Cape Fear River, which normally stretches from east to west through the historic district of the city, has been transformed into rapids.
As the day rose in Wilmington, residents discovered great damage. There are thousands of trees in the historic district of the city. Most of the streets are impassable, as large uprooted oaks are on the other side of the road.
At this point, the whole city has no electricity since the power lines have been cut by the falling trees and the torn gutters of the houses that litter the streets.
A tractor moves along a flooded highway on the coast of North Carolina, which was hit for the first time by the storm around 7:30 am on Friday.
Trees bend in strong winds as they are engulfed by the waters that emerge after Hurricane Florence hit Swansboro in North Carolina on Friday
People were urged to avoid going out in their vehicles in Swansboro, North Carolina (pictured on Friday) for fear they might be swept away
A resident in New Bern, North Carolina, filmed the interior of his flooded house showing the ocean water licking at his feet when Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday
Mitchell Floor, left, holds a flashlight while Comfort Suites general manager Beth Bratz, in the center, and employee Dee Branch go to make coffee while Hurricane Florence breaks out in Wilmington on Friday. It was reported that 620,000 homes and businesses had no electricity as the outer fringe of the storm approached
Images of television stations and social networks showed stormy waters hitting docks and jetties and rushing through coastal roads in coastal communities, including Topsail Beach, north of Wilmington, where stormwater damaged homes on the beachfront.
Its swell could cover all but one strip of the Carolina coast up to 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could discharge more than 3 feet of rain, causing severe flooding.
Once a category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph (225 kph), the hurricane was demoted to a category 1 on Thursday night.
Authorities said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is unclear how many did.
Houses of approximately 10 million were under surveillance or warning due to hurricane conditions or tropical storms.
The coastal cities in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.
The main affected counties were Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. Authorities fear that energy losses may affect up to three million people.
In South Carolina, more than 400,000 people have evacuated the coast of the state and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters, officials said.
Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where the predictions were less severe.
A map transmitted at 10 a.m. ET shows the expected progress of Hurricane Florence from Saturday through Monday morning early
This map of the National Meteorological Service shows the probable wind speeds of the hurricane from Friday to 2 a. M. Wednesday
Windswept waves lash the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday. Almost all residents had been evacuated after warnings from officials
Meteorologists say that "catastrophic" freshwater floods are expected in parts of the Carolinas. Disaster relief teams are seen above
Michael Nelson uses a boat made of a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River overflowed on Thursday
Flemings are evacuated as part of the preparations for Storm Florence at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina
Donald Trump speaks during a hurricane meeting Friday with the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Oval Office.
The prisoners were also affected. Correctional officials in North Carolina said more than 3,000 people were transferred from adult prisons and juvenile centers on the road to Florence, and more than 300 county inmates were transferred to state facilities.
At Frying Pan Tower, a 32-mile observation post off the coast of North Carolina, a live video broadcast showed the sustained winds of the 100 mph storm tearing a US flag into pieces.
The police suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities and warned residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will not have emergency services until the storm passes.
It was expected that the storm surge would come inland along the flat coastal plain of North Carolina.
& # 39; The storm surge is not just a problem of & # 39; ocean? tonight. A significant increase in North Carolina inlets and rivers is expected, in some areas exceeding 9 feet! the National Meteorological Service said in a tweet.
At Frying Pan Tower, an observation post 32 miles off the coast of North Carolina, a live video showed sustained 100 mph winds of Category 2 tearing a US flag into pieces on Thursday.
Portions of a pier and boardwalk were destroyed by strong winds and waves in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on Thursday
Waves hits the Oceana Pier & Pier House restaurant on Atlantic Beach as Hurricane Florence approaches the area on Thursday
Huge waves lashed the beaches of North Carolina on Thursday as the hurricane rolled bringing heavy rain and dangerous winds
The first waves of storms in New Bern caused the Neuse River to flood its banks on Thursday, almost sixteen hours before Florence arrived.
A work truck drives on Highway 24 while the wind of Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro on Thursday
Una camioneta arrastra un remolque a lo largo de una carretera lluviosa en Washington, Carolina del Norte, casi 16 horas antes de que el huracán azotara la zona
Un camión conduce a través de aguas profundas después de que el río Neuse inundó la calle en River Bend el jueves. Los funcionarios de algunas áreas instaron a las personas a no salir en su automóvil, ya que podrían ser barridas
Se observan inundaciones en New Bern, Carolina del Norte, luego de que las primeras oleadas de tormenta causaron que el río Neuse se desbordara a medida que el huracán Florence avanzaba poco a poco cerca de la costa este el jueves.
Un letrero advierte a las personas que se alejen del Parque Union Point después de que fuera inundado por el río Neuse en New Bern, Carolina del Norte.
El Hotel Ballast en el río Cape Fear comenzó a mostrar signos de daños estructurales (ver techo) durante el huracán del viernes
En Wilmington, antes de recibir un golpe directo de Florencia, las ráfagas de viento agitaban espumosas capas blancas en el río Cape Fear.
"We're a little worried about the storm surge, so we went down to see what the river is doing now," said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. & # 39; I'm afraid of what's coming. We just want prayers from everyone. "
Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plans to close, even if electricity was lost. I had long lines on Thursday.
In the small community of Sea Breeze, near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the entrance where her granddaughter was baptized because "I do not think much of this will be here" later.
Will Epperson, a 36-year-old assistant superintendent of golf courses, said he and his wife had planned to overcome the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered their ferocity. Instead, they drove 150 miles inland to their mother's house in Durham.
"The level of anxiety has decreased substantially," said Epperson. "I've never been someone to leave because of a storm, but this kind of guy scared me."
In a brief bulletin at 11 pm Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Florence was 50 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 60 miles southeast of Wilmington.
Un niño se sienta en un colchón en un refugio de evacuación de Hurricane Florence el jueves en Conway High School en Conway, Carolina del Sur
Avair Vereen (izquierda, con su prometido y uno de sus siete hijos) y su familia se refugiaron en un refugio de evacuación en Conway High School el jueves. "Vivimos en una casa móvil, así que estábamos como 'No, de ninguna manera'. Si perdemos la casa, bueno, podemos conseguir una vivienda. Pero no podemos reemplazarnos así que decidimos venir aquí '
Un trabajador humanitario de la Cruz Roja estadounidense camina por la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Conway, que está siendo utilizada como refugio de evacuación por el huracán Florence el jueves
Shianne Coleman (left) and Austin Gremmel walk in flooded streets as the Neuse River begins to flood its banks in New Bern, North Carolina, on Thursday
Linda Stephens checks out the weather as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on Friday in Myrtle Beach
Joyce Lilly, Marshall McNeil and Holly Tindall sit on the porch of their home in Myrtle Beach on Friday as they watch high winds caused by Hurricane Florence
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and was moving northwest at six miles per hour.
A buoy off the coast of North Carolina recorded waves almost 30 feet high when Florence was waving towards the coast.
As the storm has slowed as it approaches, it is expected that the official fall, when the eye of the storm reaches the coast, occurs sometime on Friday night.
Winds and rain came later in South Carolina, and some people were still walking on the sand in Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was hit on Thursday. Heavy rains began after dark.
By Thursday night, the window to evacuate much of the North Carolina coast had been closed, and authorities said that anyone who had not moved inland would have to take refuge in their place.
Meteorologists said that given the size of the storm and its slowness, it could cause epic damage similar to that seen in the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with flooding flooding homes and businesses and washing in waste sites. industrial and manure ponds.
The men pack their belongings after evacuating their home in New Bern, North Carolina, after the Neuse River overflowed and flooded their street during Hurricane Florence on Thursday.
Residents rush to escape as the water rises in New Bern on Thursday after storm surges pushed the Neuse River over its bank
Residents walk through the deep waters of the flood to recover their belongings from Trent Court's public apartments after the Neuse River passed through their banks on Thursday in New Bern
Russ Lewis looks for shells at Myrtle Beach, where conditions were fairly calm before the approach of Florence on Friday morning
Water from Neuse River starts flooding houses on Thursday as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina
HURRICANE FLORENCE IN NUMBERS
The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still deadly hurricane Florence began to lash out at North Carolina on Thursday.
As the monstrous storm progresses for a prolonged stay, here is a breakdown by numbers:
- Florence clocked 90 mph winds on Thursday after being demoted to Category 1
- The storm was already generating 83 feet waves in the sea on wednesday
- Storm Threats That Threaten Life Up 13 feet they were also predicted in some areas
- It is predicted that Florence will accumulate 40 inches of rain in some areas after touching land in North and South Carolina
- Potentially 10 billion gallons of rain is expected in the southern states in the next week
- An estimate 10 million people live in areas that are expected to be under a hurricane or storm warning
- Hasta 1.7 million people they were ordered to evacuate before the hurricane
When Florence approached, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and the first responders are "ready and ready", and disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming that the figure was a Democratic plot to make it look bad.
"This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising billions of dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico," Trump wrote.
& # 39; If a person died for any reason, such as old age, simply add it to the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!'
Schools and businesses closed south to Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights and the coastal cities of the Carolinas were virtually empty.
The hurricane was seen as an important test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was harshly criticized for being slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year.
Europe's weather model of meteorologists predicts that between 2 billion and 11 billion gallons of rain will fall in North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com. It is enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate in recent days, and homes of around 10 million were under surveillance or warning due to hurricane conditions or tropical storms.