What will life be like after Florence — WHAT’S HAPPENING

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A White House spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Trump would travel to North Carolina, where he will be joined by U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, whose district includes numerous areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence, including Wilmington. "While you may still have a roof on your house because 'it's only a Category 1, ' you may also be desperately hoping to get rescued from that same roof because of the flooding".

Brock Long, the embattled FEMA administrator facing mounting questions about an investigation into his use of government vehicles, traveled to North Carolina this week and met with state officials. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Cooper said more than 1,100 roads remained closed Tuesday, including Interstates 95 and 40 and other major routes. Downed trees and power lines still blocked many roads into the city.

A stranded Pollocksville man was airlifted to safety with his dog.

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"It's awful", said Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state, where the rising Cape Fear River was expected to swamp bridges and cut his city in two.

The victims include a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land in North Carolina. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.

"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday.

Others caution giving hurricanes one overall rating could give people a false sense of security, when wind, flooding, and storm surge really affect each community differently.

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"I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical", he said.

Floodwater from Cross Creek covers North Cool Spring Street on the edge of downtown Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. For customers of Duke Energy, the company said it will likely be days or even weeks before power is restored.

Rescuers have saved about 700 people in New Hanover county, where Wilmington is located, and 2,600 people across the state. About half of all homes and businesses were without power on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), a big improvement from a day earlier. Roads are being cleared and the landfill is open to accept storm refuse. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia.

Florence is now a large low-pressure system and rainstorm moving across New England and into the Canadian Maritime provinces, but not before making itself felt in the mid-Atlantic with soaking rains and flash floods.

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