Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence's Flooding

Calm before storm' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence delugeMore

Calm before storm' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence delugeMore

"I think people definitely did listen to warnings", Gillie said. How about I just put it that way. Wilmington is still mostly marooned, surrounded by floodwaters which could rise again, and people there are waiting for hours for necessities like food.

He earlier visited a devastated community along North Carolina's Neuse River, speaking to residents in the flood ravaged town of New Bern.

Almost 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain fell in places, and dozens of cities had more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain. Numerous smaller roads had restricted access, but it was easy to see the devastation Florence had wrought on the area.

More than 160,000 people in North Carolina were without power as of 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and 850 roads in the state remained closed.

US 70 is one of the major routes from Raleigh to the coast.

Some of those who left shelters may have been headed toward the coast on US 421, where a long line of cars, utility crews and trucks loaded with generators sat in a jam.

Hurricane Florence brought a record amount of rainfall to North Carolina over the past week.

He rejected the official death toll of nearly 3,000 people and claimed Democrats manufactured the figure to make him "look bad".

Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden said two deputies in the van tried to get the victims out but couldn't. Both deputies were able to escape, but the two female patients were left behind in the submerged vehicle after efforts to free them were unsuccessful. Duke said they had no indication those dumps at the H.F. Lee Power Plant were leaking ash into the river.

It wasn't clear why the women were being moved in the aftermath of a killer hurricane, and Justin Bamberg, a lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law officers, said he was perplexed by the decision.

Most of the damage caused by Harvey and Florence has come from the flooding, which has devastated cities and rural areas, turning highways into rivers and pastures into lakes. Sixty of its 880 broiler houses in North Carolina flooded and another six broiler houses experienced damage.

"The footprint of flooding from this storm covers much of the same area hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which only worsens the burden on these farmers". North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country.

Global warming has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and causing the type of catastrophic flooding that crippled North and SC this week, experts said.

A section of Interstate 95 in SC has been closed because of flooding.

Another hog lagoon had breached in Duplin county, about 60 miles north of Wilmington, the North Carolina department of environmental quality (NCDEQ) said on Tuesday.

In his letter to the delegation, McMaster said he is requesting Trump to authorize federal disaster recovery funds as well as individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration in 23 counties on the eastern side of the state.

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