Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Florence death toll rises to 32 as floodwaters linger in North Carolina

Florence death toll rises to 32 as floodwaters linger in North Carolina

Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the US mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Florence made landfall near Jordan's hometown of Wilmington, N.C., at about 7:15 a.m. Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Thousands of homes are still underwater in the Carolinas and thousands of families have had to be rescued from the floods.

While rain was finally subsiding on Tuesday, the city of Wilmington remained largely cut off with thousands of people stranded.

Almost 2 million chickens drowned in Hurricane Florence's historic flooding, one of the country's major poultry producers said.

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.

Supplies have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also were used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from homes and other structures.

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Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers.

The risk modeling agency Air Worldwide on Tuesday said insured losses from Florence's winds and storm surge will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion. He warned that the Democrats will soon start criticizing the government response, and "this will be a total lie, but that's what they do, and everybody knows it!" Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened.

The river swallowed trees, lamp posts and a parking lot near its banks.

Officials were preparing to distribute food, water and tarpaulins in the city of 120,000, as more people were rescued from flooded neighborhoods. Businesses were re-opening and owners removed sandbags and plywood from storefronts.

In addition, the company reported there are about 6.33 million chicken at about 30 farms in the Lumberton area isolated by floodwaters and now unreachable.

The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.

Duke's handling of ash waste has faced intense scrutiny since a drainage pipe collapsed under a waste pit at an old plant in Eden in 2014, triggering a massive spill that coated 70 miles (110 kilometers) of the Dan River in gray sludge.

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