Person Bridge above Cape Fear shut down amid flooding from Florence

Elias Hubbard
September 20, 2018

In North Carolina, where thousands of people remain in shelters or are staying elsewhere, Cooper has urged patience, noting that roads remain treacherous and some are still being closed for the first time. The majority of those deaths, 27, have occurred in North Carolina.

That news comes as authorities from Horry County Sheriff's Department in SC say two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters.

After days of hoping for the best, Billy and Rita Sanderson waded in knee-high murky waters to see Florence's storm damage to their home of almost 30 years.

North and SC both backed Trump in the 2016 election, and the president largely saw people who were happy to greet him.

"I was born & raised in #WrightsvilleBeach #NC - having lived thru many hurricanes, I know that beach communities can get complacent & not take storms seriously.Please, to everyone in my home state, PREPARE.This storm is SERIOUS.Remember, whenever u go, your pets go too".

Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.

While visiting a relief center for Tropical Storm Florence on Tuesday, President Donald Trump provoked adoring reactions for the way he handled a special request from a child in the area. Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson told The Associated Press that the women, detainees being transported to a mental health facility, drowned at around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a van tried to cross a roadway and was overtaken by water. A motorboat was the only way for nurse Iris Locklear to get to work.

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof. Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations.

"It's been pretty bad", said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.

About 3,500 vehicles came through for supplies on the first day they were available, county officials said in a Facebook post.

High winds and flooding damaged two chicken farms that supply Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N), the biggest USA meat processor, spokesman Worth Sparkman said. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 metres), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.

And forecasters say some rivers in the northeastern area of SC might not reach their highest levels until later this week or next week.

The Cape Fear River's steady rise continues. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said. "More than 1.6 million meals have been delivered". More than 1,000 roads remain closed in the state, and flooding could get worse.

The hurricane prompted widespread evacuations and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, the governor said.

There are more than 3,300 lagoons in North Carolina, said Andy Curliss, chief executive for the NC Pork Council.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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