President Trump to visit as N. Carolina governor pleads for patience

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Interstate 95 has fully reopened in SC after portions were shut down by flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Trump plans to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina at about 10:30 a.m. local time and return to Washington 6:15 p.m., according to the White House. Food Lion, the team's Official Hunger Relief Partner, will be donating the food that will be packed for the boxes.

Sanderson Farms announced Monday that at least 1.7 million of their birds perished when water rising from North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings.

Experts say people likely got complacent about Florence because of a scale that only categorizes hurricanes by wind strength. The T-shirts are now available online at, and for $24.99.

One person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned some 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

However, some sections of I-95 in North Carolina may still be closed, officials warned.

"This remains a significant disaster", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

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Photos from the site provided to AP by Cape Fear River Watch, an environmental advocacy group, show cascades of gray-colored water spilling from at least two breaches at the landfill and flowing toward Sutton Lake, the plant's former cooling pond which is now used for public recreation, including fishing and boating. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising. That has hampered efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow residents to homes.

Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the U.S. state.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC are expected to fly on Air Force One with Trump.

"We, the people of North Carolina, will get through this", Cooper said.

"Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. After Hurricane Matthew in 2016, one waste lagoon failed, and 14 others were inundated, according to the N.C. Pork Council.

Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday.

More than 324,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.

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