North Carolina senator: Damage from Florence 'in the billions of dollars'
Sep 18 2018 by Lorena Waters
"There are some nine million pigs in North Carolina, majority concentrated where the storm is going to hit hardest".
Authorities say a student was struck by lightning at a south central Virginia middle school.
There are now 2,000 federal workers working on storm response, supporting state efforts, said Tom Fargione, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer. It will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.
"Flooding has become catastrophic in some areas, and access to some communities will only be possible by boat into later this week", AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Doll said. Parts of I-95 were also closed in SC, along with a number of highways in the eastern portion of the state. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.
Chesterfield Fire/EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said a second person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries Monday, and that all the people at Old Dominion Flooring have been accounted for.
The rain has finally stopped in Eastern North Carolina, but the flooding continues, particularly along rivers in the coastal plain that are still rising.
"A lot of people have evacuated already", said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, a small North Carolina town threatened by rising water levels in a nearby creek and the River Neuse. "With every inch of rain, our rivers rise and we'll see significant flooding on into next week.it could be of historic proportions".
► At least 500,000 customers are without power across the Carolinas.
On Monday, President Trump declared a major disaster in SC, listing eight counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg.
Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, was nearly completely cut off by land but emergency management teams managed to truck food and water overnight into the port city of 120,000 people.
In perhaps the most striking illustration of the fact that floodwaters contain a complicated mess of components, wildlife experts noted that they also contain venomous snakes.
- A man drowned in an overturned vehicle on a flooded road in Georgetown County, South Carolina. "We have our dogs and our property, so we stay", 57-year-old Kenan Chance said.
Florence was causing severe weather over Virginia as it moved north, with WWBT reporting a tornado outbreak that included at least one touchdown. President Donald Trump also plans to visit the state this week.
Of the 20 deaths linked to Florence, 15 happened in North Carolina, and five were in SC. "So we are trying to get it dried out, so we can... get open and get everything squared away", said restaurant owner Raymond Karem. Lee Reeser said they were not able to return to their home for 13 months after that storm.
The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC. A few of them went on hikes and have helped clean the trails of debris from the storm.