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Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient

19 September 2018

Almost 50,000 homes and businesses remain without power in the county where Wilmington is located. "So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home". Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

Hurricane Florence, which came ashore last Friday with torrential rains, has caused more outdoor hog manure pits to collapse and overflow in North Carolina than Hurricane Matthew did in 2016, according to state data, stoking concern about possible water contamination. - Rain-gorged rivers threatened further flooding on the storm-battered US East Coast Monday as the death toll from Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression, jumped to 31. The damage is estimated to be in the millions.

Experts say people likely got complacent about Florence because of a scale that only categorizes hurricanes by wind strength.

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Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the USA state.

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In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase.

Trump's trip to the state follows criticism for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico past year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000 in the USA territory. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

'I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical, ' he said.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals as major flooding continues in the state due to the storm's drenching rains.

"We've got a long road make sure we build back to where we need to be", Cooper continued.

The risk modeling agency Air Worldwide on Tuesday said insured losses from Florence's winds and storm surge will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion.

Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient