Trump tours Carolinas as death toll from Florence rises

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Hurricane Florence's rainfall has stopped, but its "nightmare" destruction isn't over yet.

The disaster recovery aid comes from a fund managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and managed in SC by the state Commerce Department and the state's disaster recovery office, which was created after the 2015 floods, he said.

Amtrak announced that it will resume passenger train service in and through North Carolina on Thursday.

Recovery from Hurricane Florence's damage to SC could cost more than $1 billion.

Utility workers continue to work to restore power to North Carolina residents who lost electricity due to Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington is still mostly cut off by floodwaters, although officials have been able to clear a couple routes into the city. The region is now dealing with massing flooding in the wake of Florence's path.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said on its Twitter page Thursday that almost 750 roads are still closed.

The closures include sections of Interstate 40 and Interstate 95. "We know agricultural losses will be significant because the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in our state", said agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler in a press release.

The department also said US 421 at the New Hanover County line is now closed.

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North Carolina's Cape Fear River is expected to crest at about 62 feet Wednesday, putting thousands in harm's way. Now that waters have receded, property owners along its banks are returning to survey the damage. North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country.

The N.C. Pork Council, an industry trade group, said the livestock losses from the storm should be taken in the context.

About 10,000 frustrated and exhausted people remain in shelters as forecasters predict flooding from swollen rivers will worsen in the two states over the next several days. White says World Central Kitchen's work has been "remarkable to witness".

The emotional words and comprehensive itinerary stood in contrast with Trump's trip to Puerto Rico previous year after Hurricane Maria, when he drew criticism for tossing rolls of paper towels into the crowd.

Of those, approximately 7,800 are in shelters in North Carolina.

The president says he wants to say "hello" to everyone from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military that are working hard to help residents recover from the storm.

He wrote the damage from Florence in the northeastern area of the state "will be catastrophic, surpassing anything recorded in modern history".

Houses sit in floodwater on the outskirts of Lumberton, North Carolina September 17, 2018. The company initially estimated Saturday that about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash were displaced, enough to fill about 180 dump trucks. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury.

In South Carolina, farmers face damage to cotton, peanut and hemp crops, the state said.

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