Travel still unsafe amid flooding in parts North Carolina

Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient

In this aerial photo taken September 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence.

Livestock losses in North Carolina are estimated at 3.4 million poultry and 5,500 hogs so far, the state Agriculture Department said.

Rising water from the Waccamaw River and smaller creeks have started to close bridges around Conway, backing up traffic to the few roads left open.

Statewide, 169 road closures remained in effect at 4 p.m. Friday due to the storm, most in the northeast part of the state.

The Trent River in southeast North Carolina, before and after Hurricane Florence.

Social media users have been sharing before and after pictures of the storm's destruction on Twitter.

That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and SC shouldn't be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States.

"They didn't clean the ditches", she said.

Hurricane Florence's rain has become a slow-moving, but destructive wall of water snaking down the Carolinas, where hundreds are under evacuation orders.




This week we recap some of the major events of the last two weeks and look ahead to the big questions will still have in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

"I think it's easily going to be in the billions of dollars", Troxler said in an interview Thursday, calling the damage "catastrophic" and "unbelievable".

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding.

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours on Tuesday (Wednesdasy NZT) for handouts of food, water and tarps. They will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, according to North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

On Friday, Emrick told CNN, "We expect Main Street will flood today".

Cooper told the president, "We're going to need your help" in the recovery efforts, to which Trump responded, "we will be there 100-percent".

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.

Four days earlier, Trump had issued a disaster declaration for the state that freed up federal aid to supplement state and local resources.

"The Cape Fear River will crest again this weekend, along with the Lumber River", the North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted Friday, adding that the Neuse will rise Monday. The utility said it could not rule out the possibility that coal ash from a dump adjacent to the plant, which formerly burned coal, might be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.

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