After Florence flooding, I-95 reopens Friday

Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient

Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient

With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with almost 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it will never end.

The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake.

At least 37 people died in the storm, while many still remain without power.

But news audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a study of hurricane coverage by Public Citizen.

Social media users have been sharing before and after pictures of the storm's destruction on Twitter.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said the state's resources and personnel have shifted to the Pee Dee region.

Officials have ordered evacuations along the Lynches River in eastern SC because of flooding from Hurricane Florence.

"We've never had it at those levels before, so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said. "If the sheer number of animals makes evacuation extremely difficult or impossible, then a hard look needs to be taken at the number of animals being cared for and the opportunity for them to be considered in an emergency plan".

A submerged auto sits surrounded by water outside a home in a flooded neighbourhood in Lumberton, North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Campbell's house also flooded during Hurricane Matthew, and he hadn't expected to face the prospect of rebuilding two years later.

The President also added that the nation's current economic strength will help expedite recovery efforts.

With the Great Pee Dee River receding, state officials said Interstate 95 in SC would reopen after a safety check, but travelers couldn't get very far since the highway was still closed in North Carolina because of the flooded Lumber River.

While Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm by the time it struck the area on September 15, it still managed to dump a record 23 inches of rain in SC and 35 inches in North Carolina, over the course of just four days.

He said he was confident the state would "build our way out" of what he called possibly the "worst disaster" to hit in its history, with the cooperation of "Team South Carolina" and Trump. 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. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.

"We're doing very well there but the rivers are cresting, they're just starting to crest".

Coal ash is an industrial waste created by coal-burning power plants, and can carry health risks. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.

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