Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

These photos show how much Hurricane Florence 'ravaged' the Carolinas

These photos show how much Hurricane Florence 'ravaged' the Carolinas

"Our people took a gut punch", Cooper said after the president's arrival.

The rescuers used night vision goggles during the rescue.

While he was being briefed about the deadly hurricane-related flooding and damage, Trump asked, "How is Lake Norman doing?" "We are eternally grateful to our first responders, who continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger", Cooper said.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighborhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.

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Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonising week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik tore out carpet and removed furniture as a preventative measure because he expected flooding at the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising.

The Little Pee Dee River and the Lumber River have started to drop near Nichols, where the whole town of 360 was under water for the second time in two years.

A new round of evacuations was ordered in SC as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.

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"We know it's coming and we hope that it won't be near as bad as the models have predicted", Georgetown County Emergency Management Director Sam Hodge during a Facebook Live event on Friday. Some rivers had still not crested by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 110,000 customers in North Carolina still did not have electricity by Thursday afternoon.

Florence, which barreled into the Carolinas last week as a Category 1 storm and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression as it turned toward the northeast, has claimed at least 37 lives.

The president vowed to sort that issue out, telling reporters: 'We're going to find out.

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McMaster said Friday he had "contacted or attempted to speak personally with the families of everyone who we lost during this crisis, this tragedy", including the families of Newton and Green.

Nests of poisonous fire ants were seen in flood waters across North Carolina, after Florence battered the region with heavy downpours over the weekend. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the trillions of gallons of water it dumped over the Carolinas are slowly moving toward the sea and leaving a path of destruction behind.

The Brunswick County, N.C., government is urging evacuees to be patient returning to their homes. They were met by silty mud on walls and floors, blown out windows and bad odors.

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McMaster estimates the storm recovery will cost about $1.2 billion, according to the letter he sent to the state's congressional delegation.

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