Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.
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"When outlets fail to connect these events to global warming, audiences are left uninformed about some of the most critical decisions we face", David Arkush, who directs Public Citizen's climate program, said in a statement.
News correspondent Gadi Schwartz captured a video of a fire ants forming colonies in North Carolina's flooded streets, sharing the video on Twitter.
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Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week. "Conway city leaders have said the river could surge past 22 feet late next week, sending enough water into neighborhoods to damage nearly 1,000 homes", according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Parts of the main north-south route on the East coast, Interstate 95, and the main road to Wilmington, Interstate 40, remain flooded and will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.
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Trenton, N.C., before and after the historic rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence.
All that water from Nichols and Conway is heading toward Georgetown County, where five different rivers dump into the Atlantic Ocean.
"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said.
But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington". Despite moving them to higher ground before the storm hit, an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs are believed to have drowned.
A young boy turned to prayer when he learned that even more flooding is headed to the Carolinas.
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.
Farm groups also are concerned about cotton, sweet potatoes, peanuts and corn.
The risk of environmental damage from Florence mounted, too, as human and animal waste was washed into the floodwaters. Duke Energy issued a high-level emergency alert after floodwaters from the Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina.