1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton North Carolina on Sunday.       Steve Helber  AP

"And the days and the months and even years ahead to make sure we build back to where we need to be here in North Carolina".

There was no formal itinerary for the presidential visit as of Tuesday morning except that Air Force One was expected to arrive at Cherry Point sometime on Wednesday, according to the White House.

Kenny Babb retrieves a paddle that floated away on his flooded property as the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N.C.

Interstate 95 has fully reopened in SC after portions were shut down by flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through on Monday (Tuesday NZT), but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

"There is a strong potential that those who live within the 1-mile evacuation area of the Cape Fear River will be impacted by flooding", the city said in a statement. More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents. Downed trees and power lines still blocked many roads into the city. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, and crews have completed about 700 rescues in the county where Wilmington is located.

Utility crews from multiple states worked to restore power, and outages were down from a high of more than 900,000 to about 320,000 homes and businesses, almost all in North Carolina.

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Mayor Bill Saffo said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into Wilmington.

Trump told reporters as he departed the White House that he will also visit SC before he returns to the White House later Wednesday.

"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city, " he said.

Appealing to Trump, Cooper said, "Mr. President, we have a long road ahead".

Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the US mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

The NBA, the Hornets and Fanatics will donate 100% of the net proceeds of the "Carolina Strong" T-shirt to the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

"We are beginning the process of getting our feet under us, Mr. President", Cooper said, describing Hurricane Florence as "a storm like no other". Forecasters said it was expected to continue toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain, before the system moves offshore again.

The Transportation Department advised northbound motorists to take a wide detour around the area by using I-85 from Georgia through South Carolina's Upstate and on to Charlotte.

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