Hurricane Florence’s death toll rises as floodwaters overwhelm region

Aerial view of flooding in Conway South Carolina

Florence made landfall near Jordan's hometown of Wilmington, N.C., at about 7:15 a.m. Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms raced through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state.

That's the takeaway from recent viral news stories coming out in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, which are drawing attention to the plight of the animals left behind as owners are forced to flee the flooded region. More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy.

President Donald Trump will visit the storm-ravaged Carolinas on Wednesday.

"It's terrible", said Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state, where the rising Cape Fear River was expected to swamp bridges and cut his city in two.

Almost 2 million chickens drowned in Hurricane Florence's historic flooding, one of the country's major poultry producers said.

In a bright spot, the Lumber River appeared to be falling in hard-hit Lumberton, about 110 kilometres inland.

Civil Air patrol members handing a case of water to a citizen
US: 350,000 customers without power after Florence

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference.

"It is ridiculous that we don't have enough fuel supplies back in this area", Stephanie Schauer, 39, a contractor, said as she waited her turn at the gas pump. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.

"I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical", he said. Hurricane Florence's torrential rains have flooded much of the area and washed over sections of numerous roads, including the interstate.

Conway and other Horry County communities near the Waccamaw River are experiencing historic flooding that is expected to worsen over the next week.

"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe, " Trump said.

Property damage from the storm is expected to come to $17 billion to $22 billion, the risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

More news: Photos and videos show Hurricane Florence's terrifying aftermath

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