Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

Donald Trump hands out food while visiting a distribution centre outside the Temple Baptist

Donald Trump hands out food while visiting a distribution centre outside the Temple Baptist

That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and SC shouldn't be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States. The agency also predicted prolonged heavy rain over a large portion of the Atlantic and the Carolinas.

Trump, who is also reviewing flood damage in SC, said as he exited the White House, "I think it will be an incredible day". He called Florence "one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country" and promised federal support for disaster relief.

Thousands of people evacuated their homes, at least 37 people died, and millions lost power. The trillions of gallons of rainwater making its way into rivers and streams is resulting in flooding of epic proportions.

As floodwaters from former-Hurricane Florence's massive rains continue to flow through the Carolinas, the end of the storm's damage is nowhere in sight. "Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", as farmers lose crops, roads remain blocked off and residents lose their homes. Some of the streets in Kinston, North Carolina are so flooded that the National Guard is using helicopters to distribute water to stranded residents.

Traveling with him were the four USA senators from North and South Carolina, Office of Management and Budget Director and former South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Despite moving them to higher ground before the storm hit, an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs are believed to have drowned.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

And the danger is far from over.

The crisis is slowly moving to SC, where there was enough warning and certainty about where the water was going that hundreds of people loaded furniture from their homes into trucks and flatbeds to take to higher ground. The federal funds will reimburse NCDOT for its expenses related to emergency traffic operations and use of state forces to fix damaged roads.

Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, was nearly completely cut off by land but emergency management teams managed to truck food and water overnight into the port city of 120,000 people.

Of those, approximately 7,800 are in shelters in North Carolina. Officials warned human, hog and other animal waste were mixing in with floodwaters in the Carolinas. The port resumed operations September 18 with restrictions that confine activity to daylight hours. The utility said it could not rule out the possibility that coal ash from a dump adjacent to the plant, which formerly burned coal, might be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.

The comment caused one MSNBC reporter to speak out off camera.

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Thirty-one deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.

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