Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 18, 2018

Military officials said the USNS Comfort hospital ship has not been deployed because communities surrounding the disaster area are able to provide adequate medical services.

Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard.

What happens when storm floods meet vast confined hog-rearing facilities and their lagoons? Orange County will also receive heavy rain on Tuesday.

After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left almost a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ash-and authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come.

The National Weather Service considers flooding to be "devastating " once a height of 23 feet is reached for the river.

Hurricane Florence is the wettest tropical depression ever in North Carolina.

"We were stir-crazy from being inside so long", Moore said.

The wind, rain and flooding also dislodged the city's beloved bear statues.

By Sunday night, Florence's winds had dropped to about 30 miles per hour (45 kph), the National Hurricane Center said, with some weakening forecast over the next 24 hours before intensifying once again as an extratropical low-pressure center. Rainfall totals of 26.58 inches have caused high waters all around the city, effectively cutting it off from the rest of North Carolina.

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At least 17 people in North and SC have been reported killed by Tropical Depression Florence, which has broken all of North Carolina's rainfall records.

North Carolina had deployed around 2,000 boats and 36 helicopters to help people stranded in floods, Michael Sprayberry, the state's director of emergency management, told ABC's "This Week" program on Sunday.

Officials say the latest deaths include a person who died in an apparent tornado near Richmond, Virginia, as remnants from the once-powerful hurricane swept northward from the Carolinas.

Streets remain impassable throughout much of the affected region and 500,000 people are still without power. The water receded Sunday, leaving hundreds of fallen trees and "pools of water everywhere".

The bulk of the state's expense - $32 million - was the operation of two emergency shelters set up to handle evacuees or storm victims.

Another six people have died in SC due to Florence, WSOC reported.

"As you can tell, they're not listening to me", he said.

Registered voters in North Carolina may vote by mail; vote in person from October 17 through Nov. 3; or vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.

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