Hurricane Florence: Dogs in cage during flood rescued in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Dogs in cage during flood rescued in North Carolina

WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Sept 17 (Reuters) - Rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of people on Monday and racing against rising rivers and floods that could last for days after Florence dumped record rain on the Carolinas and killed at least 31 people.

North Carolina is a top U.S. producer of poultry, hogs and tobacco, and agriculture contributes $87 billion to the state's economy, making it its No. 1 industry.

Ahead of the storm that hit September 14, the VA closed five hospitals and 18 community-based outpatient clinics in the southeast coastal regions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Trump praised FEMA officials, military troops, and emergency first responders for their work, but he predicted that Democrats will say they were "not doing a good job".

"Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct", he wrote on Twitter.

That's the takeaway from recent viral news stories coming out in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, which are drawing attention to the plight of the animals left behind as owners are forced to flee the flooded region. Power is still out for the majority of residents, and the ongoing flooding will make it hard for the power company to begin work to restore downed lines.

Flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia, according to the NWS.

More than 900 people in North Carolina were rescued from swift waters by Sunday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference.

"We thought we were prepared, but as we found out, we were not quite as prepared as we thought", she said.

Wind and flood damage near Elizabethtown N.C.: Washington Post
Wind and flood damage near Elizabethtown N.C.: Washington Post

President Donald Trump will travel Wednesday to areas affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and SC, sources tell CNN.

North Carolina issued warnings to drivers traveling down I-95 from Virginia to bypass the state, instead going west to Tennessee, CNN reported.

New Hanover County Commission chairman Woody White said: "Do not come here".

"Some areas have not seen the worst flooding yet".

At least 23 people have been killed as a result of the storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category-1 hurricane.

The power and danger of slow-moving flood water isn't as easy to visually grasp as, say, a news reporter braving vicious winds to demonstrate the effect. Roads are being cleared and the landfill is open to accept storm refuse.

North Carolina environmental regulators said several open-air manure pits at hog farms had been breached and were spilling pollution.

More than 488,000 households in North Carolina and 20,000 in SC are without power, according to state officials.

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