Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

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With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with muddy water, President Donald Trump visited the disaster zone, riding through soggy neighbourhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence are raising fears as rivers continue to spread beyond their banks.

Hurricane Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history, according to some reports.

The Little Pee Dee River and the Lumber River have started to drop near Nichols, where the whole town of 360 was under water for the second time in two years. Forecasters expect the Waccamaw to swell almost a metre above the previous record crest by early next week.

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There are now 32 confirmed deaths in North Carolina, a statement released by Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday. The National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat. All proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and One SC Fund. An 81-year-old man who was found dead inside a auto in Dillon County after it was swept away by water, was among the victims in SC, the department tweeted on Thursday. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

The flooding from the Cape Fear River, in Wilmington, caused breaches in the Cooling Lake Dam, Duke Energy said in a statement, adding it has shut down its 625-megawatt natural gas plant L.V. Sutton.

Grey material that the company characterized as lightweight coal combustion byproducts could be seen Friday floating on the top of the lake. The inundated basin contains at the plant 400,000 cubic yards of ash.

Last weekend another coal ash landfill ruptured, spilling enough material to fill 180 dump trucks. And waste from those hog farms has been leaking into floodwaters.

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The governor praised the work of the first responders, saying they have evacuated people from rising floodwaters and "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger". Smith also grows sweet potatoes, and doesn't know when he's going to get back out to harvest them. Parts of Interstate 40 and Interstate 95 are still flooded, according to the state Department of Transportation. About 20,000 pigs were moved to other states, other parts of North Carolina or to the market, the Pork Council's Curliss said. "Many roads remain impassable". Some of them have been washed out entirely. Soaked Bibles and hymn books were scattered on the floor.

"It's kind of a grassroots effort of people thinking, 'What can I do to help?'" UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham told the outlet. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Downstream in Conway, the only way to reach Tim Landrum's neighborhood is by boat.

But according to a statement from Duke Energy, the cooling lake does not store coal ash, and the plant's ash basins "are now not affected by this incident".

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"The water was right above my floors". Virtually the entire town is flooded and inaccessible except by boat, just two years after it was flooded by Hurricane Matthew.

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