Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

People gather on a truck in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, in Lumberton, North Carolina on September 17, 2018.

Five people have been arrested for looting in the North Carolina city of Wilmington as rain and flooding from storm Florence continue to cause chaos.

The storm killed at least 11 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said. Hundreds of roads across the state are impassable.

President Donald Trump says the aftermath of last year's hurricanes in Puerto Rico have been an "incredible, tough situation" but adds, "we fought, and we are winning that one big".

On Monday morning, Tropical Depression Florence was centered about 125 miles west southwest of Roanoke, Virginia, the National Weather Service said.

Gov. Roy Cooper: "Floodwaters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters".

Wilmington is now cut off from the rest of state by those floodwaters, so officials are planning to airlift food and drinking water to the city's 120,000 residents.

A member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wades through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

The Swansboro total is the most for any tropical storm or hurricane north of Florida along the East Coast and represents a new two-day and three-day rainfall record for North Carolina.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said. "I know the kind of people who live here and I know North Carolinians want to help", he said. "Some areas have not seen the worst flooding yet".

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues
Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US

The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their auto.

"Three days of relentless rain from #Florence has resulted in significant flooding in #NC #SC", said Duke Energy, a major power supplier.

WWAY-TV in Wilmington reported that engineers braved the wrath of Hurricane Florence to switch the transmitters to generator power after electricity to the site went out.

"The worst is yet to come", as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, an NWS meteorologist.

"'We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned".

More than 15,000 people are at shelters in North Carolina, according to CNN. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bulls-eye. He said he anticipated "quite a bit" of temporary housing would be made available for citizens who have lost their homes.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, an 88-year-old man died after his vehicle was swept away.

North Carolina authorities released a full list of deaths on Monday afternoon, bringing the death toll for the state up to 24.

Large segments of the major corridor also were closed in North Carolina, making north-south travel subject to long detours.




Recommended News

  • Maurizio Sarri says City and Liverpool are better than Blues

    Maurizio Sarri says City and Liverpool are better than Blues

    That's what is important. "I think there are three teams worse than us [in the division]". So I have to organise them better defensively and the players have to understand that'.
    Trump, without evidence, rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

    Trump, without evidence, rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

    Hurricane Florence is bringing widespread flooding, heavy rains and strong winds to many coastal areas of North and SC . San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted to the president on Thursday: "Shame on you", including a picture of his tweet.
    Raikkonen and Verstappen take new engine parts in Singapore

    Raikkonen and Verstappen take new engine parts in Singapore

    It is looking increasingly like a repeat scenario for the Ferrari driver , who is in disappearing into Hamilton's slipstream. It afforded him a more relaxing race than expected - heat aside - given Ferrari's advantage during practice this weekend.
  • Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

    Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

    Craven County Emergency Services has reported impassible roads due to flooding; downed power lines; and trees on cars. The storm continues to very slowly move west and inland, and will continue to impact the region through the weekend.
    New Nintendo Switch Online Details Revealed, Launch Is Imminent

    New Nintendo Switch Online Details Revealed, Launch Is Imminent

    In addition to the above hardware releases, quite a few big name games for the Switch were revealed . Additionally, Nintendo clarified how access to the digital library of NES games will work.
    Gunman shoots wife, four men dead in California

    Gunman shoots wife, four men dead in California

    Investigators are looking into whether Casarez's ex-wife may have had relationships with Contreras or Valadez, the sheriff said . T&T Trucking , where the initial shooting happened, said in a statement that the company "is in a state of mourning".
  • Sarri open to Terry return in Chelsea coaching role

    Sarri open to Terry return in Chelsea coaching role

    The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals with his left foot in the Sky Bet Championship since the start of last season. For the moment, I'm really very happy to stay here.
    Florence makes landfall in US

    Florence makes landfall in US

    Authorities in New Bern said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. More than 634,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.
    Firmino discharged from hospital following eye injury scare

    Firmino discharged from hospital following eye injury scare

    The Reds have had a sublime start to the season under Klopp and have already established themselves as leaders in the Premier League after winning all their games so far.
  • Champions League: Sergio Ramos attacks Griezmann over Messi, Ronaldo

    Champions League: Sergio Ramos attacks Griezmann over Messi, Ronaldo

    Julen Lopetegui's side are chasing a fourth consecutive European triumph but they will be without Ronaldo, who scored 15 goals in last year's competition and joined Juventus in the summer.
    House GOP moves to lock in tax cuts

    House GOP moves to lock in tax cuts

    The United States economy created 3.5 million jobs since Trump took office, according to the White House. The GOP's and the president's weaknesses continue to be in the suburbs and now with Midwestern voters.
    More than 98,000 without power in U.S. Southeast as Florence approaches

    More than 98,000 without power in U.S. Southeast as Florence approaches

    Mayor Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN traffic out of the SC city has more than quadrupled as residents and visitors evacuate. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.