LatestNews - Toll from hurricane Florence reaches 31 in US
LatestNews - Toll from hurricane Florence reaches 31 in US
Hurricane Florence death toll climbs as flooding spreads
22 September, 2018, 23:10
The death toll rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state.
"Thank you", a shirtless Willie Schubert mouthed to members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew who picked up him and his dog Lucky from atop a house encircled by water in Pollocksville on Monday. It was not clear how long he had been stranded.
In the city of Wilmington from the outside world cut off hundreds of residents.
"Our city has suffered one of the worst storms ever in its 308-year history", Stephens said Monday.
The Cape Fear River is still slated to crest in the coming days. And officials did not say when other roads might be clear.
In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.
Some residents chose to stay behind when the storm crashed into the Carolinas.
As former hurricane Florence marches on to New England, the Carolinas remain inundated with waters that just keep rising.
Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.
About two dozen truckloads of military MREs and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city, officials said.
Officials said Monday evening that 32 deaths have resulted from Florence.
However, flooding that is expected along the rivers surrounding the city is likely to have a "truly devastating impact" on Myrtle Beach's economy, Mayor Brenda Bethune said Friday.
Global Positioning System services are sending unwitting drivers onto flooded roads, said North Carolina state officials, who asked out-of-state drivers to avoid North Carolina entirely. The smell of cracked pine trees wafted through hard-hit neighbourhoods.
President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set.
Search and rescue teams spent several hours last night searching for the missing 1-year-old child, Kaiden Lee-Welch.
Desperate for gas to run a generator at home, Nick Monroe waited in a half-mile-long (more than half-kilometer) line at a Speedway station even though the pumps were wrapped in plastic. His power went on Thursday before Florence hit the coast, but he couldn't recall exactly when.
"It's all kind of a blur", Mr Monroe said.
Forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 15 centimetres of rain. More than 200 roads across the state were closed or blocked as residents.
"Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said late on September 17, WSB reported. Authorities also have recovered the body of 1-year-old North Carolina boy who was swept from his mother's arms by floodwaters.
Florence was causing severe weather over Virginia as it moved north, with WWBT reporting a tornado outbreak that included at least one touchdown.
Flooding worries were increasing in West Virginia and Virginia, where roads were closed and power outages were on the rise. In all, about 420,000 homes and businesses in three states were in the dark.
The issue is so severe that North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon warned out-of-staters to avoid driving through North Carolina.
Florence was still massive, despite being downgraded to a tropical depression from a once-fearsome Category 4 hurricane. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.
Emergency officials had difficulty keeping up with the scope of the spreading disaster.
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