Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Over 54,000 still without power in Carolinas after Florence

Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods Hurricane Florence death toll climbs to 37; Donald Trump visits stricken area
Derrick Tucker | 22 September, 2018, 12:36

Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence, Associated Press reported.

At least 43 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher.

The National Weather Service reported flooding at 30 river gauges on Thursday, 12 of them major, mainly in North Carolina, but also in SC and Virginia.

"To the approximately 10,000 people staying in our shelters and the countless more who are staying with friends and families or in hotels, I know it was hard to leave home and it's even harder to wait", Cooper said.

Around the state since the storm hit last week, first responders have performed about 5,000 rescues so far, Gov. Roy Cooper said.

President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction Hurricane Florence left behind and the challenging relief efforts that are underway.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history, according to some reports.

"We should act immediately to allay such concerns and provide financial certainty to teachers, many of whom are likely burdened with expensive home repairs", they wrote.

Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters continue to rise.

The reason is that climate change is warming the Arctic much more than it is heating up the Tropics, easing the pressure difference between the two, he said in an interview on Wednesday.

The deaths of 26 people in North Carolina and six in SC have been attributed to the storm.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster agrees. He asked Congress for help. Aside from the Duke Energy breach, state-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Flooding could begin early next week, officials said during a community meeting on Thursday.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, said they remain concerned based on results from past storms, including Hurricane Matthew two years earlier and Hurricane Floyd in 1999, an event that killed at least 20,000 hogs.

Cooper warned that flooding from Hurricane Florence will continue into next week and will continue to put lives at risk.

Paige Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy which runs the LV Sutton Power Station, said floodwaters had breached a steel-retaining wall containing a large coal ash dump along the shoreline. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land.

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