3.4M chickens, 5,500 hogs dead in Florence flood

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 19, 2018

Michael Jordan is donating $2 million dollars to assist residents affected by Hurricane Florence. The American Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of people who have been displaced by the hurricane, while the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund directs funds to nonprofits in North and SC providing relief to victims of the storm.

"Wilmington truly is my home", he told the Observer.

Jordan is donating $1 million each to the American Red Cross and Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

In addition, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He says he watched the devastation caused by the hurricane on television and has touched base with them to make sure they were safe.

Hurricane Florence has claimed 26 lives in North Carolina.

Solid: The six-time National Basketball Association champion and Charlotte Hornets owner contributed $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding, wind damage and prompted at least one tornado warning, the weather service said.

The White House said President Donald Trump would visit North Carolina on Wednesday.

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As Florence was bearing down on the Carolinas last week, Trump reignited the controversy over his handling of Maria by disputing the official death toll of 2,975 in the U.S. territory, which was compiled by public health experts at George Washington University.

At least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage, with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said.

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Gov. Roy Cooper said as officials began distributing supplies to thousands of residents of Wilmington, population 120,000.

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home. "Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to. And you will recover", he said.

A portion of the roof collapsed at the Starlight Motel near the US military base at Fort Bragg but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The president is visiting the region Wednesday after the powerful storm left widespread destruction and flooding.

The storm dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said.

One volunteer said the site handed out 1,200 meals on Tuesday to those in need. Those figures do not include losses from continuing flooding.

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