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Floodwaters of Hurricane Florence breached a dam Friday in the state of North Carolina, and forced an energy company to shut its natural gas plant in the area.

Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to where the floods had creeped back, leaving silty mud on walls and floors.

Santee Cooper, a SC electric utility, is installing inflatable dams around a coal ash pond at the former Grainger Generating Station in Conway as the Waccamaw River rises, the company said. Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops.

Waterkeeper Alliance has conducted overflights at some of the industrial sites and agricultural operations impacted by Florence and is investigating the possible hazards left in the storm's wake.

She said the company can not rule out that ash may be escaping and flowing into the river. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and South Carolina Sens. But about a dozen still remained unreachable as of Thursday morning, Andy Curliss, the group's leader, said.

Secretary of Transportation Jim Trogdon said Thursday that an initial $14 million in highway fix funding has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the local administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said his agency has approved more than $5 million in initial direct disaster aid to individuals.

The tropical cyclone killed at least 40 people, and caused an estimated $17billion of damage. Blackhawk helicopters were used to pluck many of them to safety.

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Cementing that arrangement would be one of the topics of discussion as OPEC meets this Sunday in Algeria, he added. Russian Federation says it's ready to talk with the USA on how to maintain global oil market balance.

There is also some concern that hog lagoons and their farms could harm human health, according to the Times.

There are now 32 confirmed deaths in North Carolina, a statement released by Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday. "We never learn from any of these storms".

Cooper's sentiments were echoed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who said Friday: "Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come".

Florence dropped more than 18 inches (45 centimeters) of rain over parts of this county on the northeast bank of the Cape Fear River. "I didn't realize we would lose everything", said Perez-Santiago. The flooding from Florence had subsided, only to get worse again.

Chicken flocks weren't all that were hit in Kinston County, where's Smith flock is located. They still didn't know if their home was ruined. He stayed in state to play his college football at the University of North Carolina before being selected by the Panthers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

"We understand that a lot of them are losing their houses", said Sgt. Derek Vollmer of St. Cloud, another crew member, adding those rescued "seemed very thankful".

Bloomberg's Ari Natter, Shruti Date Singh, Natasha Rausch and Jennifer A. Dlouhy contributed.