During a packed day, he visited both North and SC, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials.
President Donald Trump made a stop in Conway on Wednesday as part of his tour of the Carolinas to see the damage that was caused by Hurricane Florence.
Trump thanked Henry McMaster and promised the full support of the federal government.
"We will be there 100 percent", said Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers, seated inside a hangar with federal and state officials.
"If you ain't got a boat, you don't need to live down here".
Speaking from inside an airplane hangar, Trump told emergency workers, "The job you've done has been incredible".
Harrowing police scanner audio provides details of the efforts to save the women, who could be heard talking as rescuers scrambled to save them.
Trump, who enjoys the adulation from friendly rally audiences, has appeared more ill at ease in public in his role as consoler-in-chief and has struggled at times to show empathy during moments of national tragedy. To all those impacted by this awful storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help. Mr. President, we have never seen one like this.
"And to all those impacted by this bad storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help".
President Trump hands out food on Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, N.C., where food and other supplies are being distributed.
Among the breakdowns included in McMaster's letter is an estimated $125 million hit to South Carolina's agriculture industry.
"Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in SC". Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, said earlier this week is sufficient "to get started" meeting the state's recovery needs.
Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility, is scrambling to prevent a breach ahead of the Waccamaw's expected peak of 19.9ft - nearly 9ft above flood level - on Sunday.
"You've broken all records - this is going to add 4, 5, 6 feet of water all over the state", he said.
Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths. North and SC met the hurricane in readiness, but to avoid casualties among the population have failed.
Among the dead were two detainees who died in a Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation van in SC floodwaters. The deputies climbed on top of the van and were rescued; they have been placed on administrative leave.
Their bodies were recovered by divers Wednesday evening, the sheriff's office said.
The NCDEQ said another 13 lagoons had "overtopped" - meaning they were leaking excrement - and overtopping was likely in another 30.
The search team included the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, EMS, the Cedar Creek Fire Department, city and county boats and a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Team from NY, officials said.
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