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Hurricane Florence DANGER: Poisonous fire ant clusters spotted in North Carolina floods

20 September 2018

"We will never leave your side and to all those impacted by this awful storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help".

A Philippine police officer says residents of a mining camp in a mountain village refused to leave ahead of the powerful typhoon, believing their chapel and nearby bunkhouses were on stable ground.

"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

In North Carolina, thousands are still staying in shelters after Florence touched down as a hurricane.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", Cooper said.

The Little River, on the line between the two counties, is also well above flood stage.

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North Carolina's poultry farms suffered significant losses in Hurricane Florence, while flooding from the storm damaged crops in SC, industry officials said this week. Trump was criticized not only for an uneven federal response to that storm but for an off-note moment during a visit to San Juan in October 2017, when he rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a hurricane relief center.

Hurricane Florence is now behind us, but destruction is everywhere in the aftermath. Accompanying him on the trip aboard Air Force One were the state's two USA senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Just like you, we have questions we want answered.

Jimmy Shackleford, 74, of Burgaw transports his son Jim Shackleford and his wife Lisa, and their pets Izzy, Bella and Nala (in the cage) in the bucket of his tractor as the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks during flooding after Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, U.S., September 17, 2018.

"All my stuff is gone", she said.

Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast last week as a Category 1 hurricane, and has killed at least 36 people, authorities said.

North Carolina is among the top states in the nation in producing pork and poultry, with about 9 million hogs at any given time and 819 million chickens and 34 million turkeys raised each year.

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"If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, and waters were rising, why were they driving on that road anyway?" said Bamberg, a state lawmaker.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.

To make matters worse, Florence was about 50 miles (80 km) larger in diameter due to global warming, putting more people in harm's way, the study showed.

Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers.

A vehicle sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.

Of those, 27 died in North Carolina, including in Duplin County, where the Sandersons live.

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Maria also devastated the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, whose 3 million citizens are Americans but do not vote in presidential elections, and left much of the island without power for months.