Florence death toll rises to 42 as residents return to flooded homes

Florence death toll rises to 42 as residents return to flooded homes

Florence death toll rises to 42 as residents return to flooded homes

North Carolina's poultry farms suffered significant losses in Hurricane Florence, while flooding from the storm damaged crops in SC, industry officials said this week.

"I'm just ready for this to be over, to be honest", said Evan Jones, a college student who evacuated from Wilmington and doesn't know when he will get back. "We are just very sorry that this event has taken place".

The crisis from Hurricane Florence is slowly moving to SC along with the trillions of gallons of water dumped by the storm. He toured a neighborhood where a street was already submerged under water.

Officials downstream sounded dire alarms, pointing out the property destruction and environmental disasters left in Florence's wake.

Players from the University of North Carolina football team are giving back to help their state, which was ravaged by Hurricane Florence. "My gut is turning up", church member Dennis DeLong said. "We take a lot of pride in what we do".

Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield discusses how his organization and National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan are helping victims affected by Hurricane Florence.

"Flooding in North Carolina is sending unheard amounts of water into South Carolina along the Lynches, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said in a letter requesting federal aid on Thursday. The governor asked for help "cutting red tape" to get his state the federal assistance it will need to recover.

More than 121,000 customers were without power across North Carolina, and more than 2.1mn customers across the southeast United States were affected by the storm, according to utilities.

At least 36 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia. Well over half the dead were killed were in vehicles.

Potential environmental problems remained.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its almost 1.8 million customers affected by the storm.

Coal ash can contaminate water and harm fish and wildlife.

North Carolina is the second largest hog-farming state in the US, according to Quartz. Officials warned human, hog and other animal waste were mixing in with floodwaters in the Carolinas.

The town of Wilmington still remains largely isolated, with no safe routes in or out. Officials announced the end of a curfew and the resumption of regular trash pickup.

"We are behind you from day one from three days ago and now it looks nice but it's really the calm before the storm", President Trump said.

The storm will continue to sweep through southern New York, Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. More than 33 inches of rain fell in parts of the state. Roads remained unsafe, and some were still being closed as swollen rivers emptied toward the ocean. Some of them have been washed out entirely.

North Carolina officials said 7,800 people remained in shelters, down from about 10,000 on Monday, despite Gov. Roy Cooper's plea to stay put.

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