Hurricane Florence: Swelling rivers and fresh evacuation orders, North Carolina struggles

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They were among 100 people rescued with helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation in southeastern North Carolina's Bladen County that lasted into Friday morning.

Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to where the floods had creeped back, leaving silty mud on walls and floors.

"We should act immediately to allay such concerns and provide financial certainty to teachers, many of whom are likely burdened with expensive home repairs", they wrote.

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

Residents of SC are preparing for another deluge of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people.

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. In their opinion, the damage caused by hurricane "Florence," it is hard to assess, because many effects will only become apparent after a certain period of time.

National Basketball Association legend and Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is helping residents of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence. McMaster asked Congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.

One person was killed during a tornado in Virginia, which was part of the Florence storm system. "First of all, I think we're all just thankful it wasn't the monster that it was forecast as earlier in the week", he said. That figure is less than 2,000 in SC.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions. Officials warned human, hog and other animal waste were mixing in with floodwaters in the Carolinas.

"Every time I see the same things: flooded lagoons, chicken houses filled to the roof with dead chicken", said Rick Dove, an official with the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance and a resident of New Bern, North Carolina.

The president then traveled to SC, where he attended a second briefing and warned residents that the flooding was expected to continue. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95. Some of them have been washed out entirely.

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised".

In some areas, it will by days or weeks before the floodwaters fully recede and the landscape returns to normal.

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