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

How bad was Florence? New photo shows a boat motoring down a highway

A dam breach in North Carolina is threatening to pollute a large river with toxic coal ash from a power station.

North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance.

But news audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a study of hurricane coverage by Public Citizen. He rationed the feed he had on-hand as best he could, and used 250 gallons of diesel per day to keep his generators running. "Some locations won't see rivers crest until this weekend and flooding won't subside until next week", he said in a Twitter post. More than 60 people needed rescue from high waters flooding parks and roads in Fayetteville and its suburbs, where a dam overflowed and thousands of people within 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) of the river were warned to find higher ground.

Potential environmental problems remained. But about a dozen still remained unreachable as of Thursday morning, Andy Curliss, the group's leader, said. Even on seemingly safe roadways, vehicles can quickly be overcome. "Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of USA 64", it said. Two of the first deaths tied to Florence were confirmed in Wilmington, when 41-year-old woman and her 8-month-old baby were killed by a tree falling on their home.

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At least 27 people have been killed in North Carolina, eight in SC, and one in Virginia.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding.

Aerial imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from an altitude of 2,500 to 5,000 feet, offers zoomed-in views where you can see the specific fields and structures swamped by the storm.

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". "I would say by Thursday we will have a good count".

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Hurricane Florence was supposed to be dead and buried in the graveyard of the Atlantic, but like a vampire rising from the grave this storm seems to be refusing to die and may yet return to haunt the United States and the UK.

The deaths of 26 people in North Carolina and six in SC have been attributed to the storm. Turkey producer Butterball lost only about 30,000 birds, or about 0.2 percent of its total in the state, after having relocated some turkeys, spokeswoman Christa Leupen said. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.

The President then met with local and state officials, SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Congressman Tom Rice at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, assuring them that Washington is behind the county and will provide federal help. "If the sheer number of animals makes evacuation extremely difficult or impossible, then a hard look needs to be taken at the number of animals being cared for and the opportunity for them to be considered in an emergency plan".

Bloomberg's Ari Natter, Shruti Date Singh, Natasha Rausch and Jennifer A. Dlouhy contributed. "And you can't flip mud".

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