Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Over 54,000 still without power in Carolinas after Florence

Over 54,000 still without power in Carolinas after Florence

Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters keep rising. "He wanted to make sure he met with the people in those areas". You can swipe back and forth to see the damage Florence has caused.

"The money will be a lot, but it's going to come as fast as you need it", he said at the briefing. "We'll have it all taken care of".

While Florence has passed, the danger from it hasn't. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned. Some critics said the president's trip took on the tone of a victory lap for successful disaster management. North Carolina officials have asked residents living along the river, especially those in Brunswick County, to evacuate and move to safer grounds.

In this aerial photo taken September 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence.

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Trump also visited Temple Baptist Church and joined volunteers handing out pre-packaged meals to storm victims.

ABC never referred to climate change in its coverage of Florence, Public Citizen found; its over-the-air colleagues did little better, with CBS and NBC airing one segment apiece that mentioned Florence and climate change together (out of 63 and 73 hurricane segments, respectively).

"River flooding is dynamic and it's happening all over our state", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters.

Florence County has opened several emergency shelters. "This is real emergency stuff at the highest level". "We need a serious national discussion about the urgent, existential threat from climate change and how we are going to fix it-and it's very hard to have that conversation when media won't talk about the topic".

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Some of those who left shelters may have been headed toward the coast on US 421, where a long line of cars, utility crews and trucks loaded with generators sat in a jam. "So our problem has not been with the wind and the rain hitting us, but with the rain that is still here. Those watersheds all coming to where we are".

Florence dropped more than 18 inches (45 centimeters) of rain over parts of this county on the northeast bank of the Cape Fear River.

In South Carolina, farmers face damage to cotton, peanut and hemp crops, the state said.

Trump departed 1:15 p.m. on one of two presidential helicopters for SC, along with three Marine helicopters which included the traveling press pools.

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Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County. "The cooperation, and the assistance, and the encouragement, and the confidence [the volunteers have] given to our people, to the federal establishment, and what we call 'Team South Carolina, ' is beyond compare". The federal funds will reimburse NCDOT for its expenses related to emergency traffic operations and use of state forces to fix damaged roads.

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