Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Hurricane Florence death toll climbs as flooding spreads

Aerial view of flooding in Conway South Carolina Floodwaters inundate homes after Florence struck the Carolinas Monday Sept. 17 2018 in Conway S.C
Bennie Garza | 19 September, 2018, 11:48

That's the lesson learned by one North Carolina who wanted to drive to Florida to escape Florence's devastation but instead got steered into flooding that closed a stretch of Interstate 95.

With one of North Carolina's largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people were rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods.

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, warned that floodwaters would linger for days, and urged residents in the path of the hurricane who had evacuated not to return yet.

"I know it was hard to leave home and it's even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", he said.

WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE (North Carolina) • Rising floodwaters threatened communities across the Carolinas yesterday as storm Florence hit the U.S. north-east with heavy rain and tornadoes, after killing at least 32 people.

Jordan told The Associated Press on Tuesday that "I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home".

Items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from atop homes and other structures.

"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city", Saffo said.

Civil Air patrol members handing a case of water to a citizen

Rescuers have saved about 700 people in New Hanover county, where Wilmington is located, and 2,600 people across the state.

The toxic ash could run off into the nearby Cape Fear River.

In a later post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct".

It is not yet clear where in North Carolina Trump is expected visit.

Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression from a hurricane, was headed through Virginia toward New England.

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed.

The agency said 13 are overflowing from heavy rainfall and 55 are close to the brim and could overflow if water levels continue rising.

The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed. Cooper pleaded for patience, warning North Carolinians that heading onto the roads could pose intense dangers.

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