Hundreds rescued as flooding continues after Storm Florence

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

The death toll from Florence, which came ashore in North Carolina on Friday, rose to 31 on Monday.

As it moves north, Florence continues to dump rain on North and SC in already-flooded areas.

The storm killed at least 11 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said.

One group of good Samaritans traveled from Tennessee to help the storm-beleaguered city get back on its feet - small business owners who say they are just doing what God wants them to do.

Tropical depression Florence is expected to weaken on Monday before re-intensifying as it transitions to an extratropical cyclone Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of Florence in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, and they would "do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe".

Even as some residents began returning to their homes, officials warned of a long road to recovery ahead.

A nine-mile northbound stretch of Interstate 95 in SC, just south of the North Carolina line, remained closed Monday due to flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Workers scramble to build a temporary dam to stop rising flood waters from Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 16, 2018. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas.

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The dead included a 1-year-old boy swept from his mother as they tried to escape their auto amid floodwaters. Many roads made impassable by the storm are still closed, including major highways to and from the coast.

WWAY-TV in Wilmington reported that engineers braved the wrath of Hurricane Florence to switch the transmitters to generator power after electricity to the site went out.

"Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising", freelance Journalist Marcus DiPaola tweeted on Sunday. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying.

Another Arizona team put together by various agencies, including Arizona State Forestry and Peoria Fire, was working out of Laurinburg, North Carolina. He said he anticipated "quite a bit" of temporary housing would be made available for citizens who have lost their homes.

"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city", he said.

The death came within hours of a man being found dead beside a auto amid receding floodwaters in Marshville, the paper reported.

Some 2,800 North Carolina National Guardsmen were actively aiding rescue and relief efforts Sunday with another 1,000 on standby.

The National Weather Service released rainfall totals as of 2pm (1800 GMT) for parts of North Carolina.

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