Dramatic Satellite Photos Reveal Impact of Hurricane Florence on North Carolina CAFOs

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Access improved at least temporarily to Wilmington, a North Carolina port city of 120,000 that has been isolated for days by high water.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Waccamaw River in Conway, which was already at 13.5 feet above flood level on September 19, and was expected to rise by 1.5 feet a day starting September 20.

The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.

In South Carolina, two women died on Tuesday evening (Wednesday NZT) after a van taking the mental health patients from one facility to another was overtaken by rising floodwaters near the Little Pee Dee River, authorities said.

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The governor said the cooperation with other federal agencies is the best it's ever been, adding "we are confident we will come out of this".

Florence has killed at least 35 people and left entire towns in North Carolina flooded with muddy, fetid water.

Officials said 33 animals also were rescued.

With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. "Today is the day that you need to start preparation for those evacuations".

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Nests of poisonous fire ants were seen in flood waters across North Carolina, after Florence battered the region with heavy downpours over the weekend.

North Carolina likely won't have preliminary crop damage estimates until the end of the next week, state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. Some areas are still on on high alert due to the ongoing threat of flooding as rivers and lakes crest. "All of that water is coming your way and people don't know that and they assume, you look outside and you see this attractive weather but over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in SC".

(Three papers-the East Bay Times, San Jose Mercury News and Orange County Register-ran no stories on Florence.) Aside from the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer (6 out of 32 stories) and Washington Post (4 out of 49) were the only other papers to reference climate change in Florence stories more than three times.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

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He said his state now has 13 rivers at major flood stage, with 7,800 residents in shelters and almost 200,000 customers still without power.

Coal ash is an industrial waste created by coal-burning power plants, and can carry health risks.

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

Waggoner and Robertson reported from Raleigh, N.C. Also contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina; Meg Kinnard in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina; Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama and Michael Biesecker in Washington.

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