President Trump comes to Conway to see damage caused by Florence

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President Trump descended from his jumbo jet onto Cherry Point this morning to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence and was met with an array of local and federal politicians.

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week.

Whether Trump was joking or simply pointing out a bit of silver lining, the interaction prompted some to question the president's empathy for the many Carolinians whose homes and possessions were destroyed in Florence - the latest in a string of his responses to natural disasters to be criticized.

Elsewhere on River Drive, the president chatted with residents who had lost their homes. The water has receded in some places but as it moves downstream, officials say, thousands of people could be in danger until next week.

Experts are also concerned that Florence could produce damage similar to that wrought by the 1999 storm Hurricane Floyd, which contaminated North Carolina's waterways, drowned animals and produced harmful algal blooms.

The victims, whose bodies were recovered by divers on Wednesday, were identified as Windy Newton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, the Horry County Sheriff's Office said.

North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco, which remains one of the most valuable crops for farmers. "We know it's coming", he said.

On Friday, Emrick told CNN, "We expect Main Street will flood today".

The detainees were women being transported from Waccamaw Mental Health and Loris Hospital to a behavioural health hospital in Darlington, South Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimates 100 million to 125 million pounds of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages.

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State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence surround two homes in Conway, S.C., on September 17, 2018. The deputies were able to climb atop the van as waters inundated the vehicle.

One person was killed during a tornado in Virginia, which was part of the Florence storm system. "We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations and circumstances may change".

"You basically have a toxic soup for people who live in close proximity to those lagoons", public University of Maryland public health specialist Sacoby Wilson tells Vice News.

"The National Guard is on standby if that's not big enough", Emrick said of the dam. "We're going to take care of everybody".

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that Duke Energy's LV Sutton Plant in Wilmington was at the highest level of alert under the company's emergency action plan. According to the plan, that means a dam failure is either imminent or in progress.

Then there is the danger of coal ash polluting the water supply as well.

A young boy turned to prayer when he learned that even more flooding is headed to the Carolinas.

Speed is key. As livestock carcasses degrade, they release fluids, gases and a slew of toxic chemical, biological and radiological compounds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said.

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