After Hurricane Florence: Aerial views of flooding in the Carolinas


"They didn't clean the ditches", she said.

The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday that 10 tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Florence touched down Monday in Virginia, the strongest of which leveled a flooring company in Chesterfied and killed one worker.

A swift recuse boat motors through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

Michael Regan is secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Duke Energy Corp said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.

Coal ash can contaminate water and harm fish and wildlife. The Cape Fear river is expected to crest Sunday and remain at flood stage through early next week. He said the DEQ is trying to ascertain how much, if any has entered the Neuse River.

The ash left over from coal burned to generate electricity contains an array of chemicals, including mercury, lead, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals.

With the Great Pee Dee River receding, state officials said Interstate 95 in SC would reopen after a safety check, but travelers couldn't get very far since the highway was still closed in North Carolina because of the flooded Lumber River. The program initially will be open to residents in nine counties, then will be expanded.

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

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North Carolina's hog industry, among the nation's largest, absorbed its biggest hit from floodwaters in almost two decades, industry officials said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says "treacherous" floodwaters are still threatening the state more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall there. He urged residents of southeastern North Carolina to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders.

While some roads are not flooded, they may have damage and hazardous debris that makes it unsafe to drive or walk on them, state officials said. A photograph posted by the state transportation agency showed flowing water and buckled highway asphalt on one of the few passable routes into the city, where officials have distributed food and water to residents.

Thousands of people evacuated their homes, at least 37 people died, and millions lost power.

Moody's Analytics estimates Florence has caused $40 billion in damage and $4 billion in lost economic output, though the company stressed that the estimate is preliminary and could go higher or lower. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward from the center up to 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the northwest.

Cooper warned that flooding from Hurricane Florence will continue into next week and will continue to put lives at risk.

Along the Cape Fear River, David and Benetta White and their four children were given short notice to evacuate overnight when floodwaters came rushing on to their property. They got in a friend's pickup and were eventually driven out on a military vehicle.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has announced it will not resume classes until October 1, after the storm damaged a number of buildings and rendered roads to the campus inaccessible.