President Trump coming to NC, expected to visit areas impacted by Florence

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 23, 2018

Trump, who has been criticized for the federal government's handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year, told officials at a briefing before going to the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina, "We're going to be there 100 percent". The storm dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina.

The storm formerly known as Florence - which hit North Carolina as a Hurricane last Friday and then proceeded to drop historic rainfall over much of the state - has brought catastrophic and deadly flooding to inland cities and coastal communities alike.

"Please heed the warnings", Sheriff Lane Cribb said.

Water is responsible for the vast majority of deaths in hurricanes and tropical storms, but that hazard isn't included in the system forecasters used when they described the storm as a "Category 1 hurricane" at landfall.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

North Carolina is also known for its pork industry, with more than 2,100 hog farms in the state. About 10,000 remained in shelters.

Officials said more than 1,100 roads are closed, 255 of those primary roads.

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Gov. Roy Cooper said. The dump is adjacent to the Waccamaw River, which is expected to crest at almost 20 feet (6 meters) this weekend.

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

Duke Energy is continuing cleanup operations Tuesday following a weekend breach at a coal ash landfill at its L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington.

The flooding from Florence has also caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store manure from pig farms, to overflow in North Carolina, possibly contaminating standing water, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality.

WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods Inc [SFIL.UL], the biggest US pork producer, was operating processing plants at limited capacity, after previously closing the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, spokeswoman Diana Souder said.

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.

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