Trump tours Carolinas as death toll from Florence rises

Trump tours Carolinas as death toll from Florence rises

"There will be nothing left undone". "At least you got a nice boat out of the deal", he told them.

Work crews, he said, have restored power to more than 1.2 million customers in NC and SC, adding that "power is starting to go on as soon as the water goes down".

Relief is still a long way off for the storm-battered Carolinas, which will face even more flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, forecasters said Thursday.

Additionally, Sanderson said about 30 Lumberton-area farms, housing approximately 211,000 chickens in each, have been isolated by flood waters. The evacuation shelter in the city was evacuated as floodwater rose on Monday, with many residents bussed to Pembroke, 15 miles away.

The waterways are forecast to rise over the weekend before they crest.

The governor also said that 16 rivers in the state are at major flood stage and over 1,100 roads are closed.

The Cape Fear River crested at 19 meters, four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, N.C., according to the National Weather Service.

The disaster recovery aid comes from a fund managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and managed in SC by the state Commerce Department and the state's disaster recovery office, which was created after the 2015 floods, he said.

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Duke Energy has activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake.

"These millions of deaths were preventable, but as long as a market exists for animal flesh, some people will turn a profit at the expense of animals", a spokesperson told EcoWatch in an email.

That news comes as authorities from Horry County Sheriff's Department in SC say two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters.

President Donald Trump has arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina to take in the devastation left by Florence. North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country.

The storm has pummeled North Carolina, leaving people stranded at home, blocked from traveling, sweltering as they wait for the power to come on and the water to recede.

The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber river, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.

Trump pledged to be with storm victims "100 percent" as they recover from Florence, which dumped torrential rains and caused heavy flooding that has required a massive recovery effort by state, federal and local officials. "We know agricultural losses will be significant because the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in our state", said agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler in a press release. Critics said the Trump administration was slow to recognize the extent of the damage and slow to help.

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