The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence


"As a resident of eastern North Carolina, I appreciate President Trump visiting the areas affected by Hurricane Florence", Nix said in a statement.

Still stranded by Florence's floods, Wilmington, North Carolina, residents are lining up by the hundreds for free food, water and tarps as officials try to open new routes to one of the state's largest cities. "I know many people are exhausted of the present and are scared of the future", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.

He said he knows for many North Carolinians it feels like "a nightmare that just won't end".

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged residents to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore Friday. "I know many people are exhausted of the present and are scared of the future", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

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More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95.

The death toll rose to at least 35 in three states, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state. "Whatever you need from Washington, we are there", Trump told state and local officials at a briefing.

The Cape Fear River crested at 61.5 feet (19 meters), four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported.

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The industry lost about 2,800 hogs during flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Environmental damage was also mounting as human and animal waste was swept up in roiling floodwaters. Trump is expected to visit Myrtle Beach while in SC.

South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence. Three other farms saw some damage to the structure of the lagoon and nine lagoons were inundated with floodwaters. The utility said it could not rule out the possibility that coal ash from a dump adjacent to the plant, which formerly burned coal, might be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.

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