At least 41 deaths have now been attributed to Hurricane Florence.
Environmental concerns continued to mount after massive industrial-scale hog and poultry farms in North Carolina were inundated by flood waters, causing toxic animal waste to pour out. He did not release further details about the deaths.
River flooding is bringing a new round of misery to North Carolina this week.
Trump later traveled to Conway, South Carolina, where more flooding is expected still.
The deaths of at least 36 people have been attributed to the storm, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.
Wilmington is still mostly cut off by floodwaters, although officials have been able to clear a couple routes into the city.
When storms such as Harvey, which struck Texas last year, and Florence come to a virtual stall, a deluge of rain can fall in the matter of days, equal to what an area typically sees in a year, they said. “Simple”, said Mitchell Townsend, a resident of Vanceboro, N.C.
The closures include sections of Interstate 40 and Interstate 95. “Conway city leaders have said the river could surge past 22 feet late next week, sending enough water into neighborhoods to damage nearly 1,000 homes”, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.
And in Conway, S.C., the river is still rising. In South Carolina, 200,000 tons of coal ash lie in the path of the deluged Waccamaw river, which is expected to reach a record flood stage this week. And while sunny skies have returned, the water problems are just beginning. North Carolina is the nation’s top producer of tobacco.
Pressure differences drive the winds, which in turn can steer and slow down storms, he said.
‘Once we get isolated we expect to see more, ‘ he said. White says World Central Kitchen’s work has been “remarkable to witness”.
With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, the president was focused on criticism of the federal response to the hurricane that battered Puerto Rico past year.
The storm knocked out power to more than 2.1 million people in the southeastern USA and about 120,000 homes and businesses were still without power Thursday in North Carolina, utility companies said.
McMaster provided the damages estimates Thursday in a letter to the state’s congressional delegation. He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA chief Brock Long, North Carolina Sens.
The president says he wants to say “hello” to everyone from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military that are working hard to help residents recover from the storm.
North Carolina’s hog industry, among the nation’s largest, absorbed its biggest hit from floodwaters in almost two decades, industry officials said. They have been placed on administrative leave, the sheriff’s office said.
Electricity in Wilmington was restored Tuesday, but the flooding has created problems for a nearby retired power plant, the now-defunt L.V. Sutton Power Station. The company initially estimated Saturday that about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash were displaced, enough to fill about 180 dump trucks. Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury and other toxic heavy metals. The bodies will be taken to the Medical University of SC for autopsies, he said. There are detours available for local traffic.
Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water.
“The footprint of flooding from this storm covers much of the same area hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which only worsens the burden on these farmers”.
Some residents are waiting until the floodwater recedes from their homes.
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. That includes those of two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road.
“Is everybody OK?” he asked those gathered, assuring them it was “going to be OK”.
Fayetteville City Manager Doug Hewett said he’s concerned that with the rain gone, residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be risky.