Death Toll From Florence Reaches 32, Officials Say

S Heartbreaking Images of Florence's Destruction Across Southeastern NC

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

But continued high water is keeping state and federal officials from knowing the full extent of the problem.

The National Weather Service tweeted a graphic Tuesday morning showing the estimated rainfall totals throughout the state. About 14,000 people are in shelters, officials said. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and floodwaters that submerged entire communities.

A wastewater treatment plant is inundated from floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Marion, S.C., September 17, 2018.

Florence, now a tropical depression, has innundated parts of the Carolinas with major flooding and unsafe winds, causing at least 20 deaths by Monday. The Cape Fear river is not predicted to crest until Tuesday or Wednesday, so there's no immediate hope on hand for residents.

Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal at power plants and contains metals like mercury and arsenic and can be toxic if it spreads to nearby bodies of water. Officials are eyeing river levels after the deluge of rain that measures in feet, not inches.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company had been very aggressive in preparing its coal ash basins ahead of Hurricane Florence.




An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in a rising flood waters during pre-dawn hours after Hurricane Florence struck in Wilmington, N.C., on September 15, 2018.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the two states and over 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

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

Despite the impacts on air travel over the weekend, airlines began to resume service to numerous region's airports on Sunday, including at Charleston and Myrtle Beach in SC and Charlotte in North Carolina. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia.

Vehicles are backed up along N.C. Highway 301 while attempting to navigate to Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 following flooding and road closures resulting from Hurricane Florence.

Overflows also were reported at several hog "lagoons" - used to store waste from pig farms. Twenty-five of those deaths were in North Carolina.

Price-gouging has been an issue, with more than 500 reports so far in North Carolina, according to CNN.

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