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Augustin Dieudomme looks toward the flooded entrance of his apartment complex near the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday, as the river continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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President Trump visits residents of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria last October. The president has been criticized for questioning the death toll from that storm while the U.S. mainland prepared for Hurricane Florence last week. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A flooded farm stands next to the Lumber River on Monday in this aerial photograph taken after Hurricane Florence hit Lumberton, N.C. Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg /Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Florence Engulfs Hog Farms And Chicken Houses, Thrashing North Carolina Agriculture

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A house is surrounded by flood water in Lumberton, N.C., on Monday. Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Florence Death Toll Rises To 32 As Rivers Continue To Flood In N.C. And S.C.

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Gabriella Ortiz talks on the phone while walking in her neighborhood in Castle Hayne, N.C., on Saturday. Surge and rain water from Florence continue to flood Northside Mobile Home Park. Fallen limbs and debris have cut off power and access. Phyllis B. Dooney for NPR hide caption

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Candace and Lawanda Jones are taking shelter at Conway High School in Conway, S.C. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Florence Evacuees Face 4 Nights In A Shelter, And No End In Sight

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Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 search a flooded neighborhood for people who may have been trapped by the rising floodwaters during now-tropical storm Florence in North Carolina. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Debris from a nearby rooftop shows the force of Tropical Storm Florence's wind gusts in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. Phyllis B. Dooney for NPR hide caption

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Tropical Storm Florence, 'An Uninvited Brute,' Brings Floods, And At Least 5 Deaths

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President Trump, who visited Puerto Rico with first lady Melania Trump in October 2017, denies 3,000 people died as a result of last year's hurricanes and falsely claims Democrats inflated it to make him look bad. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Jacob Harrelson and his wife, Beth, install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Wednesday. Phyllis B. Dooney for NPR hide caption

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Florence Making Landfall On Carolina Coast, Bringing Storm Surge, Heavy Rain

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze departs Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Florence, in Norfolk, Va., on Monday. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/U.S. Navy via AP hide caption

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Navy Ships Head To Sea As Hurricane Florence Threatens Virginia Military Bases

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Hurricane Florence will bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday. This satellite image was captured around 1:45 p.m. ET Wednesday. NOAA/STAR hide caption

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Are Hurricanes Getting Worse?

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Manure lagoons on hog farms like this one in eastern North Carolina flooded after Hurricane Floyd swept through in 1999, creating environmental and health concerns for nearby rivers. Farmers are worried that the scenario will repeat after Hurricane Florence hits this week. John Althouse/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

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A satellite image from Monday shows Hurricane Florence as it travels west and gains strength in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes Isaac and Helene have also formed off the coast of West Africa. NOAA/GOES/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence

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Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the Southeastern U.S. coast as a major hurricane on Thursday or Friday, after rapidly intensifying. National Hurricane Center hide caption

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