Thursday, 18 October, 2018

100 evacuated from flooded N. Carolina town

The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18 7 a.m The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18 7 a.m. Credit NWS
Guillermo Lane | 22 September, 2018, 12:40

- A day after Gov. Roy Cooper called for an October special session to approve initial funding needs for the Hurricane Florence recovery, legislative leaders said they're prepared to meet next week.

A swift recuse boat motors through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

The National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard rushed in to help, with aircraft pilots wearing night-vision goggles.

Cooper warned that flooding from Hurricane Florence will continue into next week and will continue to put lives at risk. "We are eternally grateful to our first responders, who continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger", Cooper said.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

When storms such as Harvey, which struck Texas last year, and Florence come to a virtual stall, a deluge of rain can fall in the matter of days, equal to what an area typically sees in a year, they said.

Kevin Tovornik was tearing soggy carpet out of the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising.

The Little Pee Dee River and the Lumber River have started to drop near Nichols, where the whole town of 360 was under water for the second time in two years.

Second shark attack at north Qld island
Rescuers were called to Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island, near the Great Barrier Reef, and found the girl with leg injuries. On Wednesday, Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick was flown to Mackay Base Hospital after she was mauled on the leg by a shark.


President Donald Trump visited the flood-ravaged Carolinas on Wednesday, receiving briefings on the damage done from Hurricane Florence and visiting with residents.

The flooding from Florence has been catastrophic and has killed 42 people. The flooding also caused rivers to overflow, fields to fill with water, and millions of farm animals to drown.

In addition, Moore and Berger said they want to allay the fears of teachers in hard-hit counties that they won't be paid for the days schools were closed in the wake of Florence.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said the pickup ran off state Highway 57, crashed and ended up in the water.

McMaster said Friday he had "contacted or attempted to speak personally with the families of everyone who we lost during this crisis, this tragedy", including the families of Newton and Green. More than half the dead were found in vehicles.

Poultry is the number one agricultural industry in North Carolina, with a statewide economic impact of $36.6 billion a year, according to the North Carolina Poultry Federation. Hundreds of stranded residents lined up for food, water and tarps that had to be ferried into the city that's home to 120,000 people.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals of livestock as the Department of Environmental Quality says that a dam in Duplin County was breached and numerous state's 16 rivers were at major flood stages. They were met by silty mud on walls and floors, blown out windows and awful odors. Duke Energy issued a high-level emergency alert after floodwaters from the Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina.

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