Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured a week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.
Twenty flood gauges showed some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, where some major waterways, well above their flood stages, were expected to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
Water from the flooded Waccamaw River surrounds a house in Conway, S.C., earlier this week.
Rosemary Acevedo-Gonzalez, left, holds her daughter, Jordalis, 2, as they return to their home for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday.
After the press conference began, Trump insisted someone pull up a chair for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to give him a seat at the table, prompting laughs from the officials gathered to address the devastating impact of the storm.
On September 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center warned the residents of Virginia and North and SC that the fast approaching tropical storm Florence was gaining strength and could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane.
At least 37 people, including several young children, have died from Florence, which brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding to the Carolinas.
Association CEO Graham Boyd said about 40 percent of the crop was still in the field when the storm hit.More news: Here's how much Apple's new iPhone range will cost in South Africa
More news: Chuck Schumer Says Kavanaugh Allegation 'Extremely Credible'
More news: Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week
Leaders in the Carolinas warned residents not to get complacent as it became plain that additional horrors lie ahead before things get much better. "What have we been doing for two years?"
In a letter, he said, the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.
This year, water from the Little River water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess. "My gut is turning up", church member Dennis DeLong said. "I know we can come back stronger than ever but we're going to need your help".
President Trump walked through downtown Conway and around Long Avenue to visit with families in flooded areas with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that Duke Energy's LV Sutton Plant in Wilmington was at the highest level of alert under the company's emergency action plan.
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.
On the Cape Fear River, Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington, N.C. power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the water. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco. And waste from those hog farms has been leaking into floodwaters. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.
Floodwaters have killed nearly three-and-a-half million chickens and over 5,000 hostages.
"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said. Some of them have been washed out entirely.
The Waccamaw River has started its slow rise in the city of 23,000, and forecasters expect it to swell more than 3 feet above the previous record crest by Tuesday while still rising.