Donald Trump heads to Carolinas to look at Hurricane Florence damage

A North Carolina Highway Patrol drone captured this image of the I-40

A North Carolina Highway Patrol drone captured this image of the I-40

Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago.

At least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said. "They can't say for certain what it might do", Conway resident Joe Holmes told the AP on Monday.

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, which came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.

Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Florence sent tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater into a tributary of North Carolina's Cape Fear River basin over the weekend.

Officials said more than 1,100 roads are closed, 255 of those primary roads. More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy. "Why is that highway so important? We've got a big airport".

The president is also expected to visit flooded areas near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, though that event is not on the public schedule.

As floodwaters continued to rise, concerns grew about environmental and health dangers.

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That contributed to a $1.52 billion loss in 2017, taking the two-year deficit at the airline unit to nearly $3.5 billion. However, Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said in May there were no merger talks.

President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported.

North Carolina's Emergency Management department has opened four mass feeding kitchens and has plans to open four more shortly.

North Carolina is the country's No. 2 swine-producing state, its leading producer of tobacco and a major poultry producer, making agriculture its principle industry, valued at $87 billion.

"North Carolina allows all this unsafe waste to be stored next to its flooding coastal - and, for that matter, inland - rivers", Frank Holleman, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, told the Raleigh News & Observer. "Some locations won't see rivers crest until this weekend and flooding won't subside until next week", he said in another twitter post.

"I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical", he said. 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. Two smaller sewage spills were reported in Johnston County.

High winds brought down trees and damaged homes.

"The Company estimates that approximately 1.7 million head of broiler chickens out of an average live inventory of approximately 20 million head, ranging in age from six days to sixty-two days, were destroyed as a result of flooding", Sanderson Farms said in a statement this week.

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