Hurricane Florence: Dogs in cage during flood rescued in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Dogs in cage during flood rescued in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Dogs in cage during flood rescued in North Carolina

"The storm has never been more unsafe than it is right now", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference yesterday.

The governor said so far more than 2600 people and 300 animals have been rescued, and that those operations are still ongoing.

Disaster assistance teams from the Tri-State area and across the country are pitching in to help.

The White House said President Donald Trump would visit the storm-ravaged region in the coming days, but only after it is determined his arrival would not disrupt continuing rescue and recovery efforts. He said 23 truckloads made it into Wilmington this morning. The woman had driven around barricades to reach a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.

In Wilmington, North Carolina, one of the worst affected areas, abandoned cars were left to float in the rising waters on Saturday as residents fled and tried to ride out the worst of the hurricane.

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As of Sunday, at least 14 deaths in the southeast USA were being blamed on Florence, according to ABC News.

Flooded roads have also prevented some North Carolina farmers from accessing their fields and livestock to assess damage, said Andrea Ashby, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

In South Carolina, officials did reopen Monday morning the southbound lanes of I-95 from mile marker 181 to mile marker 190, just south of the North Carolina line, and traffic again started flowing southward, said S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl.

News outlets report that the Charlotte County sheriff's office says the boy was struck by lightning at Central Middle School during storms Monday.

"The floodwaters were rising so I figured I better get out of there", he said.

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"The mammoth amounts of rain observed in southern North Carolina are virtually certain to eclipse anything measured in an East Coast tropical cyclone north of Florida", noted Bob Henson of the Weather Underground.

Fayetteville sits along the banks of the Cape Fear River, which is up to 53.95 feet at that location, according to the National Weather Service.

The slow-moving storm, has dumped up to 91cm of rain on the state since Thursday, displacing thousands. "As you can expect this is a significant setback at the hands of mother nature but we will prevail". "So we are trying to get it dried out, so we can... get open and get everything squared away", said restaurant owner Raymond Karem.

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors. "They are still is without power", said Braden Welsh, one of those behind the initiative.

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Meanwhile, the city of Wilmington had been largely cut off from the rest of North Carolina by rising floodwaters from Florence. All the rain that fell on the eastern flank of the Appalachians down into central portions of the state has to go somewhere.

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