Trump set to visit areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week

Trump set to visit areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week

President Donald Trump meets with outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, right, and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House file photo by Shealah Craighead)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump expects to visit areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.

Sanders said that the trip will likely take place early or mid-week after it is determined that his presence won’t disrupt rescue or recovery efforts.

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at around 7:15 am EDT Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Nearly 640,000 home and businesses are reportedly without power in North Carolina as of late afternoon.

Federal officials have warned that life-threatening storm surges are expected to take place along North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s coasts throughout the day and night.

The two states as well as Virginia also are at risk for catastrophic flash flooding through next week.

Regional media has reported that the Category One hurricane has resulted in at least four confirmed deaths.

Trump received an emergency preparedness update Friday afternoon, according to the White House’s public schedule.

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