Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

The southernmost portions of Topsail Beach's main thoroughfare Anderson Boulevard are still covered with dark standing water. The left image is from 2014 and the right image is from Sept. 17 2018

The southernmost portions of Topsail Beach's main thoroughfare Anderson Boulevard are still covered with dark standing water. The left image is from 2014 and the right image is from Sept. 17 2018

In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, the Fair Bluff police chief, Chris Chafin told Reuters.

Posted to the president's Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, a day before he was scheduled to visit North Carolina for a briefing on the hurricane, the video also includes the president's appreciate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US military, Coast Guard and law enforcement.

"It's going to get rough for SC", he told them.

Trump walked through a storm-damaged neighborhood where waterlogged sofa cushions, mattresses and downed trees were piled up along streets.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents to "stay alert" as water rises.

Twenty flood gauges showed some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where some major waterways, well above their flood stages, were expected to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service said.

The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff's van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood.

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The two deputies escaped the vehicle but were unable to open the doors to get the women out, authorities said. "There will be nothing left undone". On Wednesday, she took us there.

Acknowledging relief efforts, the president said some of the hardest work begins now as communities look to rebuild from widespread flooding and destructive winds. "We are just very sorry that this event has taken place". The slow-moving storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, has since been downgraded to a tropical depression and moved into the US northeast.

Last year, North Carolina farmers also raised 830.8 million chickens for meat, 9 percent of the USA flock, and 32.5 million turkeys, or 13 percent of the US total, according to the USDA. Close to 200,000 residents are still without power, and about 7,800 are living in shelters.

Fayetteville City Manager Doug Hewett said he's concerned that with the rain gone, residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be risky.

Brock Long, the embattled FEMA administrator facing mounting questions about an investigation into his use of government vehicles, traveled to North Carolina this week and met with state officials. Many roads remained closed, and thousands of people lack power. "I'm still hopeful", said Lynn about his home which now has water up to the front step.

The Horry County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that when the waters overtook the van, they rose too quickly for the pair to be saved. "We are anxious about Friday". "And, of course, people have lost their homes". About 10,000 people had filled the state's shelters, while many others sought sanctuary with family, friends or hotels. "It's wearing on a lot of people here, trying to keep their sanity together". As for the source of the waste, the state houses over 9 million pigs, many of which live in the storm-affected Sampson and Duplin counties, according to the BBC.

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