Trump visits the Carolinas after Florence

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C

ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C

Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday, with an additional three forecasted to peak by Thursday. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 near the Fort Bragg army base in the southern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

The river's overflow also turned Interstate 40 in Pender County into a river, which state Department of Transportation officials say serves as a reminder of how unsafe traveling in the area can be.

Officials have identified the two mental health patients who drowned when a van they were riding in was swept away in SC flood waters.

Richardson says the incident happened near the Little Pee Dee River, which is one of the bodies of water officials are monitoring for intense flooding following Florence.

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A wall of concrete barriers and plastic sheets is being built along U.S. Highway 501 to save the main road into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from going underwater.

Jordan is donating to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund. So far, several people have died after being swept up in the storm waters, and falling trees have killed two small children.

"It just hits home", Jordan told The Associated Press.

One of North Carolina's largest cities still is mostly cut off by floodwaters, so food, water and tarps are being brought into Wilmington by big military trucks and helicopters.

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It's too early to tell how many people will end up homeless because of Florence.

Hurricane Florence left a path of death and destruction across North Carolina as the storm's remnants head northeast.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.

"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 as officials began distributing supplies to thousands of residents of Wilmington, population 120,000. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said. Power outages also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 200,000, almost all in North Carolina.

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"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the lovely sunshine", Trump said.

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