New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC

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Officials have ordered evacuations along the Lynches River in eastern SC because of flooding from Hurricane Florence.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to get an update on storm-damaged areas of North Carolina on Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy.

The 5,500 hog deaths from Hurricane Florence have already exceeded the 2,800 killed during Hurricane Matthew, the industry trade group wrote in a statement Tuesday.

It moved slowly over the affected region, bringing two days of heavy rain, bringing non-stop flooding caused by storm surges and rivers bursting their banks.

"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said.

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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.

Below we've embedded a series of aerial satellite images from NOAA, ESRI Disaster Response, and Digital Globe that show parts of North Carolina before and after the storm. 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.

Flooding across the Carolinas was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said.

At least 43 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher. Trump called Florence "one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country".

But according to a statement from Duke Energy, the cooling lake does not store coal ash, and the plant's ash basins "are now not affected by this incident".

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Numerous state's 2,100 hog farms "are returning to normal", according to the North Carolina Pork Council. "We thought we weren't in a flood-prone area, but we had a pretty good scare", he said.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.

Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95. This year, the water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor.

He said his state now has 13 rivers at major flood stage, with 7,800 residents in shelters and almost 200,000 customers still without power.

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Professional disaster recovery services work to cleanup storm damages at the New Bern Grande Marina Yacht Club in New Bern, N.C., September 21, 2018.

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