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President Trump surveys damage left behind by Hurricane Florence

23 September 2018, 07:41 | Justin Tyler

Florence has moved on, but N.C. is still dealing with its devastating impacts

The Latest Flash flood kills man in Virginia

On Wednesday, the president is scheduled to depart the White House en route to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina.

"I just want to thank all the incredible men and women who have done such a great job in helping with Florence".

He says he watched the devastation caused by the hurricane on television and has touched base with them to make sure they were safe.

Florence spawned 16 tornadoes Monday in central Virginia, killing one person. "The waters are still rising, listen to your state and your local authorities, be patient, be alert, and God bless you".

Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and fix efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home.

Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 36 people, including 27 in North Carolina and eight in SC.

"People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a written statement.

The Cape Fear River crested at 61.5 feet (19 meters), four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, in Wilmington, residents are cautioned to stay in shelters as utility workers try to restore power to more than 300,000 homes.

Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina on September 17, 2018.

Flooding could begin early next week, officials said during a community meeting on Thursday, as water continues to drain into rivers and reservoirs across North and SC.

The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people are "in harm's way".

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.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas. The storm dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina.

"While there are more than 3,000 active lagoons in the state that have been unaffected by the storm, we remain concerned about the potential impact of these record-shattering floods", said Andy Curliss, chief executive of the North Carolina Pork Council. "My main concern overall is that we will get through this storm, and Duke Energy and the state of North Carolina will learn nothing from it and go back to business as usual - leaving our rivers and communities at risk when the next flood or hurricane occurs". "Some locations won't see rivers crest until this weekend and flooding won't subside until next week", he said in another twitter post.

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