There were still flashes of President Trump's persona and unconventional style - he asked about the status of Lake Norman, where he owns a golf club, telling officials, "I can't tell you why, but I love that area".
President Trump descended from his jumbo jet onto Cherry Point this morning to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence and was met with an array of local and federal politicians.
Florence has killed at least 35 people - 26 deaths happened in North Carolina, while another eight happened in SC.
In South Carolina, two of the victims were mental health patients who died during an effort to transport them to another facility on Tuesday.
Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday, with an additional three forecasted to peak by Thursday.
- Many people in Fayetteville and Cumberland County are feeling a sense of relief now that the Cape Fear River has crested and is receding.
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One person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned about 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
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 US northeast.
Environmental concerns continued to mount after massive industrial-scale hog and poultry farms in North Carolina were inundated by flood waters, causing toxic animal waste to pour out.
Trump promised North and SC would have strong federal support.
The president, who past year visited Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after the passage of several hurricanes, repeated several activities that he had undertaken there, distributing hot dogs and other food to people forced from their homes and chatting with some of those affected.
River flooding is bringing a new round of misery to North Carolina this week.
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. He also walked through a neighborhood lined with discarded wet furniture, hugging residents and posing for pictures.