‘Wettest Ever Seen’ President Trump on Hurricane Florence

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence

The White House said President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina today to see the damage. Wilmington is still mostly marooned, surrounded by floodwaters which could rise again, and people there are waiting for hours for necessities like food.

North Carolina's Gov. Roy Cooper is telling thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.

"While there are more than 3,000 active lagoons in the state that have been unaffected by the storm, we remain concerned about the potential impact of these record-shattering floods", said Andy Curliss, chief executive of the North Carolina Pork Council.

"Now it looks nice, but it's really the calm before the storm", Trump said, referring to water draining into rivers and waterways after Florence's epic deluge over the weekend. The flood stage for the river is 35 feet.

City officials warned that still-rising water threatened some neighbourhoods and businesses that seemed safe, but said the worst was almost over and life was beginning to return to normal downtown.

About 10,000 remained in shelters.

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised".

A flag marks where the Cape Fear River rose to during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, outside of Deep Creek Outfitters in Fayetteville, N.C. Tuesday, Sept.18, 2018. The majority of those deaths, 27, have occurred in North Carolina.

Poultry producer Sanderson Farms says out their 880 broiler houses in North Carolina, 60 have flooded due to the hurricane.

In South Carolina, two women died on Tuesday evening after a van taking the mental health patients from one facility to another was overtaken by rising floodwaters near the Little Pee Dee River, authorities said.

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Human and animal waste is mixing with the swirling floodwaters, which have killed about 1.7 million chickens on poultry farms.

Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.

Utilities that serve more than 600,000 customers issued warnings to boil water before drinking it, according to state regulators in North Carolina.

Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and fix efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home. A woman blew a whistle each time drivers had to pull forward.

Resident 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.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence with no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

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

In South Carolina, workers with electricity provider Santee Cooper erected a temporary dike in hopes of preventing flooding of an old coal ash dump at the demolished Grainger Generating Station near Conway.

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

Although the storm has moved on, river flooding still poses a danger.

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