Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc - The Jakarta Post

Officials say 40 people have been killed.

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik tore out carpet and removed furniture as a preventative measure because he expected flooding at the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising.

Officers say it appears the water knocked the man's vehicle off the roadway. USA 17, near Georgetown, also was in imminent danger of flooding, the Transportation Department said.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come in the Pee Dee", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Friday, referring to the eastern part of the state.

Trump spoke briefly about the "epic" flooding and promised to throw all the money at North Carolina as soon as possible. Though the hurricane packed 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising rivers.

"People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement.

In a later post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct". North and SC both backed Trump in the 2016 election, and the president largely saw people who were happy to greet him.

In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

Afghanistan war veteran, Jose Perez-Santiago, stands in his daughter's home as he returns for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.




Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

"They didn't clean the ditches", she said.

"I'm so sad just thinking about all the work we put in". That storm made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, resulting in power outages that affected millions of people. "What have we been doing for two years?"

The National Weather Service estimated that North Carolina got 8.04 trillion gallons of rain during Hurricane Florence, which weakened and lingered over the Carolinas for days.

The six-time NBA champion, who played high-school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended college at North Carolina, made two large donations to Carolina residents.

When the water eventually recedes, North Carolina residents will have to not only deal with the usual clean-up challenges but also added health-risks caused by its key industries: pig farming and coal power generation.

While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock. "The footprint of flooding from this storm covers much of the same area hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which only worsens the burden on these farmers". Roofs were peeled off laboratory buildings and dormitories at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.

DOT's release said that the damage wrought by Florence exceeded the state's budget for emergencies.

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