Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

Elias Hubbard
September 21, 2018

It moved slowly over the affected region, bringing two days of heavy rain, bringing non-stop flooding caused by storm surges and rivers bursting their banks.

President Trump visits a house in New Bern, N.C, where a boat washed ashore in the back yard while touring a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

They stopped first at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, where Trump received a briefing from state and local officials.

More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were working in North Carolina, and the Defense Department assigned 13,500 military personnel to help relief efforts. "We want to keep it going that way".

While Florence has passed, the danger from it hasn't.

North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco, which remains one of the most valuable crops for farmers. "Many roads remain impassable". He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes".

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions. "And, of course, people have lost their homes".

The next stop was the tour through the East Front Street section of the historic district onto North Craven Street for Trump stop and walked about a block on both sides of the street.

Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon told state and local leaders that the SBA was making low-interest loans available to business and homeowners, and urged people to start filling out applications on SBA.gov as soon as possible.

On September 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center warned the residents of Virginia and North and SC that the fast approaching tropical storm Florence was gaining strength and could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane.

Florence, which barreled into the Carolinas last week as a Category 1 storm and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression as it turned toward the northeast, has claimed at least 37 lives. Trump asked the man who lived in the house where the boat was now inadvertently and incongruously docked.

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week.

When Matthew hit the state, it flooded more than 140 hog and poultry barns, more than a dozen open hog waste pits and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields, the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance reported.

And in Conway, S.C., the river is still rising.

The Waccamaw is expected to reach perhaps 20 feet next week, almost 10 feet past flood stage and two feet past the record set during Matthew two years ago.

"Whatever they need from Washington, we are there", Trump said, according to the press pool. "This is real emergency stuff at the highest level". While company spokesperson Erin Culbert asserts, "We don't have any indication that the ash has gone to the cooling pond", he has promised to continue monitoring the situation.

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