U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit North Carolina on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to witness first-hand the destruction left behind by Hurricane Florence, and to review the ongoing relief effort.
One of America's largest chicken producers says it's lost around 1.7 million birds due to Hurricane Florence - and the company is warning another 6.3 million are at risk if floodwaters continue to inhibit access to farms.
Authorities say two female inmates being transported to a mental health facility in SC drowned in rising flood waters after the van they were in was swept away.
"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.
"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said.
About 10,000 remained in shelters.
Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.
In Wilmington on Tuesday, workers began handing out supplies using a system resembling a giant fast-food drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to a line of pallets, placed an order and left without having to get out.
At Fayetteville, about 161 kilometres inland, near the army's sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 15 meters toward a crest that was predicted to be more than seven metres above flood level.
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He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.
A woman blew a whistle each time drivers were supposed to pull forward.
Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.
Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof.
The county of 60,000 people, on the Atlantic coast between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, is one of several areas in the Carolinas waiting anxiously as rivers start to crest, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region.
Human and animal waste is mixing with the swirling floodwaters, which have killed about 1.7 million chickens on poultry farms.
"Florence has been a nasty one", Trump continued.
"It's been pretty bad", said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking. Two of the SC victims were mental health patients who drowned on Tuesday when a van carrying them was swept away by floodwater.
About 3,500 vehicles came through for supplies on the first day they were available, county officials said in a Facebook post. Rivers swollen by days of rain still threaten communities barely touched by the storm.