Trump visit to Emerald Isle canceled due to lightning storm

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WITN) - President Donald Trump's visit to Eastern Carolina to see hurricane damage was cut short due to bad weather.

Air Force One landed at Cherry Point around 4:40 p.m. and the president was scheduled to take Marine One to Emerald Isle.

But a strong thunderstorm created dangerous flying conditions and prevented the helicopters from taking off. The trip was canceled.

Instead, Gov. Roy Cooper briefed the president aboard Air Force One about the damage the state has seen from Dorian.

Cooper told Trump that the hurricane has claimed its third death and that 20 roads remain closed. He asked the president for an expedited disaster declaration.

Trump was supposed to visit an RV park in Emerald Isle that received heavy damage from a tornado spawned by the hurricane.

The president is scheduled to later this evening attend a campaign rally in Fayetteville for Dan Bishop, the GOP candidate in tomorrow's 9th congressional district election.