President Trump arrives in North Carolina to survey Florence damage

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Jordan is donating $1 million each to the American Red Cross and Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Gov. Roy Cooper said as officials began distributing supplies to thousands of residents of Wilmington, population 120,000.

At least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said.

The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff's van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.

In a video posted on social media the day before his trip to the region, Trump praised first responders, offered prayers for victims and declared the storm "one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water".

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

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Just Tuesday, officials closed more segments of I-95.

Trump's trip to the state follows criticism for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico previous year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000 in the US territory. The enduring image of the trip was of Trump at a church lobbing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets.

Trump at times has struggled to project empathy during national crisis. But critics quickly dubbed it inappropriate for the grim crisis at hand.

Murphy said her message for President Trump as he visits the state is, "Next week is a long time - you have to act now".

She added: "People aren't talking about the hurricane any more so, it's easy to put it out of your mind but, destruction is still happening in #NC.people's hearts are still breaking seeing their homes destroyed.people and animals are still being rescued.some people are still losing their lives".

Mindful of the recurring criticism, Trump defended the administration's response to Florence on Twitter on Tuesday, predicting Democrats will eventually look to criticize the efforts for political reasons.

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