US President Donald Trump To Visit North Carolina As Waterways Rise

Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, U.S., September 17, 2018.

Through tears, she said she has survived hurricanes Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016 but "this has been the absolute worst one".

Cooper warned that the flooding set off by the Southeastern deluge was far from over and will get worse in places.

LINDEN, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: A home is seen inundated with water from cresting rivers from the rains caused by Hurricane Florence as it passed through the area on September 18, 2018 in Linden, North Carolina.

But the aftermath of Florence's deluge is so vicious, rivers and waterways are rising fast across the Carolinas, burying communities and roads, and preventing evacuees from going back home.

Five days after Florence made landfall, more than a dozen rivers in the state have reached the stage of major flooding, with three more expected to peak in the next two days.

"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan, who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, said last week in a statement posted on the team's website announcing its charity work.

Four days ago, the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville was 15 feet deep.

"We will be there 100 percent", said Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers, seated inside a hangar with federal and state officials.

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Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

It's too early to tell how many people will end up homeless because of Florence. By Tuesday, it had topped 60 feet - and it still hasn't crested.

Fayetteville city manager Doug Hewett said he's concerned that with the rain gone, the residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be unsafe. Some critics said the president's trip took on the tone of a victory lap for successful disaster management.

And forecasters say some rivers in the northeastern area of SC might not reach their highest levels until later this week or next week. "And if that happens, it will continue to rise until it crests", he said.

On Tuesday night, the majority of hotels to the north of Fayetteville were fully booked as people rushed to escape the flood. City officials warned still-rising water threatened some neighborhoods and businesses that seemed safe, but said the worst was almost over and life was beginning to return to normal downtown.

Overflow from Cape Fear has already created a new river on what used to be Interstate 40 in Pender County. "This illustrates our message that travel in this area is impassable and unsafe".

Wilmington was the epicenter of Florence's destruction. It will have its wettest year in the city's 140 years of record-keeping. On average, Wilmington gets about 43 inches by this time of the year.

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised".

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