Deadly storm Florence is drenching North Carolina

Cesar Mills
September 19, 2018

The remnants of deadly Hurricane Florence brought more misery to the waterlogged Carolinas on Monday with officials warning the worst is yet to come, as heavy rain persisted and swollen rivers posed a growing threat.

Major flooding is expected to wrack the Carolinas throughout the week, and officials are monitoring the threat from large industrial-type hog and poultry farms whose waste pools could pose major environmental threats should they be overrun by floodwaters. Sixteen rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak in the next two days, he said.

Officials are monitoring the levee in Lumberton, NC, which had a breach over the weekend. "Our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger".

Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet. Further rescues are ongoing.

Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Baker was unsure, however, whether this particular boat was part of state reconnaissance efforts, or simply someone taking a freaky boating trip down a US highway.

People who see price-gouging are advised to contact the state attorney general's office. Florence was an extremely slow-moving storm that hovered off the coast before moving inland, soaking up tremendous amounts of moisture. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.

"And the deaths - it was so sad about the babies (one of whom died in Wilmington)".

Orange County opened a shelter at the Department of Social Services Commons in Hillsborough at 113 Mayo St. on Monday for residents who were displaced by flooding in Chapel Hill.

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Dominion Energy reported 6,000 customers in the Richmond area were without power due to Monday's storm . Caldwell said the department is tracking at least seven potential tornadoes in the Richmond area.

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The weather service warned the heat index could climb to almost 100 degrees in some areas later this week, leaving older people or those with health conditions vulnerable to heat stress. One was electrocuted while outside in the rain, and the other is believed to have been blown down while going outside to check on his dogs, CNN reported.

"Watch and listen for helicopters", stated a Facebook post from the Pender County Emergency Management.

Recovery efforts were well underway Monday evening in New Bern, North Carolina.

More than 25 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of North Carolina, and more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in parts of SC.

In South Carolina, a 61-year-old woman was killed late Friday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree.

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

More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy. Remember, these are households - not total people. False alarms about dam failures have caused panic in a state where there is a lot of concern about whether many dams already in poor condition will hold as rivers keep rising.

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

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