US President Donald Trump travels to North Carolina in wake of Hurricane Florence

Donald Trump greets people in North Carolina.
Donald Trump greets people in North Carolina. Photo credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump has travelled to North Carolina, the state soaked by Hurricane Florence.

"We're ready to do whatever it takes to make this perfect," Mr Trump said after touching down Havelock.

"Nearly 20,000 federal and military personnel are supporting response efforts. More than 1.6 million meals have been delivered."

Last night, the White House released a video in which Mr Trump offered condolences and thanked responders, while also describing the hurricane as an especially difficult storm.

"This is a tough hurricane, one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water. Rarely have we had an experience like it and it is certainly not good."

Thirry-seven people died after Hurricane Florence battered the east coast of the US, bringing with it torrential rain across the area.

Mr Trump will also visit affected areas in South Carolina on his trip.