Flooding expected to worsen as Florence passes through Carolinas

Flooding expected to worsen as Florence passes through Carolinas

Trump told reporters as he departed the White House that he will also visit SC before he returns to the White House later Wednesday.

In the case of Florence, warmer sea temperatures and the amount of available moisture in the air may have increased rainfall by as much as 50 percent in the hardest-hit areas, according to a study by researchers at Stony Brook University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

"I'm focusing on this disaster at hand", he said. "We mourn their loss", he said, adding that farmers lost crops, businesses are shuttered, people lost homes. "I'm just so exhausted". He said his state now has 13 rivers at major flood stage, with 7,800 residents in shelters and almost 200,000 customers still without power.

ANALYSIS: Florence certainly was a monster of a storm, packing wind gusts up to 145 kilometers per hour.

More than 8,100 people are taking refuge at dozens of shelters across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, according to the Red Cross. According to NOAA, an average of three hurricanes cross the USA coast every five years. North and SC both backed Trump in the 2016 election, and the president largely saw people who were happy to greet him.

The deaths, which have occurred in three states, include those of two women who were being taken to a mental health facility when the van they were riding in was engulfed by floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River in SC, authorities said.

Rescue teams were able to save the deputies from the van's roof. They have been placed on administrative leave, the HCSO said in a statement.

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The president met Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the ground in North Carolina. Roy Cooper said as officials began distributing supplies to thousands of residents of Wilmington, population 120,000.

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Sheriff Phillip Thompson said he does not believe the women were in restraints like those sometimes used on psychiatric patients.

WHAT HE SAID: "This is a tough hurricane". Cooper said more than 1,100 roads remained closed Tuesday, including Interstates 95 and 40 and other major routes.

"This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory". Sixty of its 880 broiler houses in North Carolina flooded and another six broiler houses experienced damage.

The N.C. Pork Council, an industry trade group, said the livestock losses from the storm should be taken in the context. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree says four additional deaths were reported Thursday to the state and occurred in Duplin County.

Another 25 of the pits containing animal feces and urine have either suffered structural damage, had wastewater levels go over their tops from heavy rains or had been swamped by floodwaters.

"Got it? Have a good time", Trump was caught saying on video as he handed a meal to a man in hard-hit New Bern - prompting an incredulous MSNBC reporter to say off camera: "I think he just said, 'Have a good time'".

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