Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 20, 2018

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality tracked 21 swine waste lagoons that were discharging into floodwaters and an additional 17 that were being inundated.

The latest victims were two women in SC who drowned on Tuesday when a sheriff's department van in which they were riding was swept away by floodwaters. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn't get the rear doors open, and the two patients drowned inside the van.

The deaths of 26 people in North Carolina and six in SC have been attributed to the storm. North and SC met the hurricane in readiness, but to avoid casualties among the population have failed. Environmentalists warn that from-for problems with a high water also resulted in a serious leak of sewage.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said in a Facebook video that officers are going door-to-door in the Waccamaw River floodplain areas to encourage residents to consider evacuating and to get ready in case it becomes necessary.

"Hurricane Florence was one of the most power storms ever to hit the Carolinas", Trump said, flanked by state and local leaders.

Amtrak announced that it will resume passenger train service in and through North Carolina on Thursday. About 10,000 people had filled the state's shelters, while many others sought sanctuary with family, friends or hotels.

Hurricane Florence and its devastating aftermath killed 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs - and the farm animal death toll is expected to rise, reports News and Observer.

The decision to close the road comes less than 12 hours after the department had reopened a 9-mile (14-kilometre) stretch of the highway near the North Carolina state line, which had meant the entire highway was open in the state. The state ranks No. 1 in poultry and egg cash receipts, and second in swine. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.

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Patrice Carmichael, who was forced to leave her home in Lumberton at the weekend as floodwater rose, said she had been promised a hotel room for her, her partner and their four children, but they were still stuck in the Pembroke shelter as of Wednesday.

President Donald Trump visited the flood-ravaged Carolinas on Wednesday, receiving briefings on the damage done from Hurricane Florence and visiting with residents. "We've never seen one like this. a storm like no other".

"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the lovely sunshine", he added. "You take care of yourself", he said.

President Trump visits a house in New Bern, N.C, where a boat washed ashore in the back yard while touring a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

City officials warned still-rising water threatened some neighbourhoods and businesses that seemed safe, but said the worst was almost over and life was beginning to return to normal downtown.

Evacuees from Pender and Brunswick counties should especially not go home due to flooding, he said.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported", the news release said.

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