Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

Blanche Robertson
September 22, 2018

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina today. "Some of the hard work is now".

"In another foot, I'll be heartbroken", he added.

"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen, and that includes hurricane evacuations", Tovornik said.

"Florence has been a nasty one", Trump continued. "The waters are still rising, listen to your state and your local authorities, be patient, be alert, and God bless you". The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.

Lisa Shackleford hugs her pet dogs Izzy and Bella as she wades through flood waters to safety while the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.

In addition to President Trump's promise of full Federal support to help pay for the estimated $22 billion of damage caused by the hurricane, people nationwide are sending in donations to the nonprofit agencies assisting the storm's victims.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its almost 1.8 million customers affected by the storm.

Flooding from the Cape Fear River caused breaches in a dam at a cooling lake at Duke Energy's LV Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, prompting the company to shut down the natural gas plant Friday, Duke Energy said in a statement. The program will start in nine counties and residents will be allowed to choose transitional housing close to their permanent homes.

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Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Cooper warned that flooding from Hurricane Florence will continue into next week and will continue to put lives at risk.

Some drivers in Conway have reported it has taken three hours or more to make it across the city of 23,000 people.

Even though Florence was downgraded into a tropical depression, officials say conditions are still risky.

Kinston Police in North Carolina also posted a video on Facebook showing clumps of fire ants in flood waters, warning residents to stay safe. In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber River, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.

As the storm roared ashore, it unleashed a huge surge of ocean water that swamped some coastal areas such as New Bern, North Carolina.

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