Calm before storm, Trump warns South Carolina

20 September, 2018, 08:12 | Author: Wade Massey

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies from Conway to Darlington on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by flood waters. The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood.

Oliver Kelly, 1, cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat during his rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. Eight more people died in SC and an additional person died in a storm-related tornado in Virginia.

Trump later traveled to Conway, South Carolina, where more flooding is expected still.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week. "At least you got a nice boat out of the deal", he told them.

Across Carolinas on Wednesday, many roads remained closed and thousands of people lack power.

The National Guard has performed or supported more than 535 rescue and evacuation missions in North Carolina.

While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock.

The flooding has killed an estimated 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs, authorities said. The department says it is dispatching inspectors to start assessing damage and ensure food safety.

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WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods Inc, the biggest US pork producer, was operating processing plants at limited capacity, after previously closing the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, spokeswoman Diana Souder said. North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.

President Donald Trump arrived in flood-ravaged North and SC on Wednesday to assess the federal response to Hurricane Florence, which drenched the state last week.

"We're going to move", she told Trump.

"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the attractive sunshine", he added. "You take care of yourself", he said.

Trump visited a church in New Bern, a town of 30,000 located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers that was hit especially hard by flooding, and joined volunteers in passing out boxed meals to locals in a drive-through line.

"The Waccamaw is forecast to reach 20.4 feet on Monday morning and keep rising".

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding".

People sit outside their home in New Bern on Wednesday.

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