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

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

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

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".

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




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