Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C ASSOCIATED PRESS Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C
Sherry Houston | 19 September, 2018, 20:39

Jordan played for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in college and shot to massive global fame while playing for the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association.

Michael Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, close to where Florence came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, has donated $2 million to relief and recovery agencies. The study was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government, which has accepted the finding as its official death toll.

Lisa Shackleford hugs her pet dogs Izzy and Bella as she wades through flood waters to safety while the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018. Cooper called the storm "epic", "disastrous" and "widespread", noting that 27 deaths have been confirmed by the state and others are under investigation. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding". That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

It's too early to tell how many people will end up homeless because of Florence.

President Donald Trump has arrived at a North Carolina church that is serving as a distribution center for supplies after Hurricane Florence. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

In South Carolina, just south of the North Carolina border, I-95 travels through especially low-lying swamp land, and over the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers. Mike Sprayberry, director the state Division of Emergency Management, says FEMA officials have been in the state for days looking at housing options for the displaced.

He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.

A vehicle sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

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