President Trump visited Conway to see damage caused by Florence

Jo Lloyd
September 22, 2018

"It's just hard to explain".

The 5,500 hog deaths from Hurricane Florence have already exceeded the 2,800 killed during Hurricane Matthew, the industry trade group wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The storm's death toll ticked up to 41 people on Thursday; 31 people in North Carolina alone, which entered its 13th day under a state of emergency.

A new round of evacuations was ordered in SC as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.

Republican legislators said in their letter that they want to quickly address teachers' worries that they won't be paid while their schools are closed.

"As defenders of the state's rivers, lakes and streams, we're committed to documenting conditions and alerting the public to threats to public health and environmental quality stemming from Hurricane Florence".

"There is going to be both more inland flooding and more storm-surge, ocean-related flooding because the ocean is getting higher", said Brion Callori, senior vice president of engineering and research at commercial property insurance firm FM Global. Swollen rivers are gushing downstream toward flooded cities, putting more homes are at risk.

Cooper said North Carolina's storm damage will be in the billions of dollars, but there was no way to make a more accurate estimate while flooding continues. He said operations were minimally damaged, and the company was looking to relocate chickens that survived to other farms.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next. He asked evacuees to stay where they are and not return home just yet.

Cooper, meanwhile, has praised efforts of first responders who evacuated people from rising floodwaters.

"If you can get out, get out", said Joseph Tanner, the county's fire rescue chief, during an interview with WBTW News 13.

He said the town has no water, no sewage, no gasoline and they have been told that they won't have power for eight days.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighbourhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.

As the extent of the damage comes into focus, so too are the lessons for the next storm.

The stretch of the Cape Fear River winding through this county roughly 85 miles (135 kilometers) from the coast was expected to crest Tuesday at 62 feet (19 meters) - 27 feet (8 meters) over its flood stage.

Almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain fell over this coastal county.

Fayetteville city manager Doug Hewett said he's concerned that with the rain gone, the residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be unsafe.

"We nearly lost our lives", White said.

Residents were warned the confluence of the Big Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers - where they merge - could reach flood levels even greater than those seen during Hurricane Matthew.

"We had significant rainfall. and we're still anticipating that some of the tributaries are draining into the upper Cape Fear".

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