"At least you got a nice boat out of the deal", he said, with a smile.
The slow-moving storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, has since been downgraded to a tropical depression and moved into the United States northeast.
"Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in SC".
It wasn't clear why the women were being moved in the aftermath of a hurricane, and Justin Bamberg, a lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law officers, said he was perplexed by the decision.
"We have 12,000 residents who could be in harm's way if the river continues to rise", he said.
At Fayetteville, about 160 kilometres inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck.
President Donald Trump visited the Carolinas on Wednesday, attending hurricane briefings and meeting with residents and emergency workers. Gov. Henry McMaster met the President as he arrived. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and other officials.
On Wednesday, thousands of evacuees were urged to stay away from their homes, rivers kept rising, and the threat of floods remained high in North and SC.
Evacuees from Pender and Brunswick counties should especially not go home due to flooding, he said. A section of Interstate 95 in SC has been closed because of flooding.
There are more than 3,300 lagoons in North Carolina, said Andy Curliss, chief executive for the NC Pork Council.
Trump greeted people Wednesday as he walked along a flooded street in the city of Conway, near Myrtle Beach.
Governor Cooper thanked the president for coming.
Joined by a group of local and state officials, Trump promised the full support of the federal government.
After flying into Cherry Point for the morning press briefing, Trump's motorcade traveled 20-plus miles to New Bern, greeted by wavers and watchers who were stopped along USA 70.
The president remained weirdly upbeat as he visited with survivors in hard-hit New Bern. Cooper pleaded for patience, warning North Carolinians that heading onto the roads could pose intense dangers.
Jimmy Shackleford, 74, of Burgaw transports his son Jim Shackleford and his wife Lisa, and their pets Izzy, Bella and Nala (in the cage) in the bucket of his tractor as the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks during flooding after Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, U.S., September 17, 2018. New Bern was hit particularly hard as it lies at the conflux of the Neuse and Trent rivers at the mouth of the Pamlico Sound.
Hurricane Florence, which came ashore last Friday with torrential rains, has caused more outdoor hog manure pits to collapse and overflow in North Carolina than Hurricane Matthew did in 2016, according to state data, stoking concern about possible water contamination.
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