Trump mocked for puzzling statistic on flooding in Carolinas

1.7 million chickens drown as North Carolina rivers swollen by Florence

The mandatory evacuation issued Thursday for Kelly, population about 800, was the third for the town, said Bradley Kinlaw, the county's director of emergency management.

"People can only take so much", Ross told WRAL.

In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence.

As of September 19, 27 were reported dead in North Carolina, more than 10,000 people remained in shelters, and more than 200,000 customers were without power across the state, according to state officials. The SC Highway Patrol and Dillon County Coroner are investigating. They also warn more evacuations are possible as forecasters get a better idea how high the river will get.

To the president's right is North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper; to his left, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen.

They have received 20 to 30 patients a day so far, he said, but expect to be busier as the river crests.

He says first responders "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger".

"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said. In a letter, he said, the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

Rising water from the Waccamaw River and smaller creeks have started to close bridges around Conway, backing up traffic to the few roads left open.

As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC.

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia, including that of an 81-year-old whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC. Corner Donnie Grimsley said Friday morning that he's still working to contact the victim's family before he releases the name. Roofs were peeled off laboratory buildings and dormitories at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Well over half the dead were killed were in vehicles.

The flooding from Florence has also caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store manure from pig farms, to overflow in North Carolina, possibly contaminating standing water, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality. Some areas are expected to be at risk from even higher water levels through the end of the weekend.

In North Carolina, many started returning to flooded homes as the rivers receded.

The South Carolina governor estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid. That breaks a rainfall record for tropical cyclones in North Carolina of just over 2 feet (60 centimeters) set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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