Hurricane Florence Deaths: 32 People Dead, Significant Damage Done Due to Floods

18 September, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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Florence, which made landfall Friday on the North Carolina coast, has prompted widespread emergency warnings across all of North Carolina, and even days later its floodwaters threaten to push rivers to all-time highs.

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

Numerous flash flood watches have been issued across the Northeast on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Florence make their way into the region.

Experts say that both are "storms of the same type", but those that occur in the Pacific west of the International Date Line are called typhoons instead of hurricanes.

I-95, which goes from Maine to Florida, travels through low-lying plains in eastern South and North Carolina.

Transportation officials on Tuesday were urging residents to stay off the roads as major freeways remain impassable.

According to the Associated Press, the death toll includes 26 fatalities in North Carolina and officials are deeply concerned that as rivers crest and the rising floodwaters could cause additional deaths.

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Florence's remnants, described by the National Weather Service as a post-tropical cyclone, rolled over the northeast United States, hitting parts of southern NY and northern Pennsylvania.

North Carolina environmental regulators said several open-air manure pits at hog farms had been breached and were spilling pollution.

An initial estimate from Moody's Analytics placed the cost of Hurricane Florence between $17billion (£13billion) and $22bn (£17 billion). Officials are eyeing river levels after the deluge of rain that measures in feet, not inches. Forecasters said states in the Northeast are in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain before the system moves offshore again.

New Bern, North Carolina, a town of 30,000 located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, was one of the hardest-hit spots when Florence first came ashore and City Manager Mark Stephens said it was one of the worst storms in its 308-year history.

More than 347,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday morning, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.

So far 12 people have died in North Carolina as a result of the hurricane. In Wilmington, dozens of cars lined up for fuel at a Kangaroo Express service station. "We transported one other minor injury to hospital", Jason Elmore, a public information officer for the Richmond Police Department, said. "It's been days since the storm".

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