Trump's NC Visit Comes As Governor Pleads For Florence Evacuees' Patience

Katie Ramirez
September 19, 2018

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged residents to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday.

Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers.

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"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said.

"It's truly devastating to see the damage the Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan said Tuesday in a team statement.

Several sections of I-95 remain flooded in North Carolina as of Wednesday morning, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that the flooding set off by as much as 3 feet of rain from Florence is far from over and will get worse in places.

Property damage from the storm is expected to range from $17 billion to $22 billion, the risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

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The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed.

The North Carolina Pork Council said one hog lagoon - which houses waste from the animals - breached in Duplin County.

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding, wind damage and prompted at least one tornado warning, the weather service said.

Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday.

Russell Maloy walks over a rail track bridge near his home to check the level of the Cape Fear River which has been rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

At another gas station, a long line of vehicles followed a tanker truck that pulled in with 8,800 gallons (33,000 liters) of fuel.

"We still are encouraging or asking folks not to come home", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County commissioners. "It's been days since the storm".

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