Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

With extreme flooding threatening to cut off Myrtle Beach from the rest of the state, SC officials are scrambling to find a solution as Tropical Storm Florence moves slowly through the region. But so far officials said the state's many lagoons of toxic waste had withstood the storm.

Aside from immediate risk to the animals during the storm, damage to infrastructure could keep slaughterhouses closed, creating a short-term backlog of hogs coupled with a pork shortage. "To me, that's more unsafe". He said he has hurricane preparation down to a science at this point.

Mr. Yando said it can be challenging with television news overdramatizing the hurricane.

Officials warned the flooding was only just starting.

By Monday, North Carolina authorities were able to open one road into the city of 117,000.

In Wilmington, the situation is higher risk.

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Gibson said Friday that while she and her family were safe, she and her husband had gotten around 75 calls and texts from others asking for help. But forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come. The father was transported to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for injuries he sustained. Their home still has power, he said, so for now it'll do.

"He has said they would do whatever it takes to see that everything is available for South Carolina", McMaster said.

Washington, Sep. 16 (IANS): The death toll from tropical storm Florence that made landfall in the USA east coast, has increased to 13, with authorities warning of continued rains and flooding.

Florence, a onetime hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina since Thursday, and continued to produce widespread heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern SC, the National Weather Service said. It was moving west at 14 miles per hour, whipping 35 miles per hour winds.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

Seven buoy-tending cutters have been directed to North Carolina to survey and open the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City as well as the North Carolina ferry system. While the amount is unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

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The storm killed at least 11 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child killed by a falling tree, state officials said.

But by Saturday, the city's rescue operations were wrapped up, officials tweeted.

"Right now we've rescued over 400 people".

There were almost 800,000 people without power in North and SC combined Saturday evening. As of 8:30 p.m. that number had shrunk to less than 700,000.

Losing strength: Florence weakened to a depression, but flash flooding and major river flooding will continue over the Carolinas. Five people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General Store, said the police department in Wilmington, which has imposed a nighttime curfew.

Hundreds of people sloshed through floodwaters and parked at awkward angles when word got out that a Harris-Teeter grocery had opened at midday.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm, according to a Reuters report.

"We're joining more than 80 line workers from co-ops across the state who are heading to North Carolina to assist".

The mayor of a Fayetteville, North Carolina, suburb says about 100 people in her community have been urged to evacuate to higher ground over flooding concerns. Johnson says she has the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's notifications come to her phone. He spoke during a news conference Saturday where a snapshot of the federal response so far emerged.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars.

Some who had evacuated returned home Saturday evening to survey the damage. Multiple deaths have been reported.

Some residents said they made a decision to stay because many emergency shelters don't accept pets.