Death Toll From Florence Reaches 32, Officials Say

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 18, 2018

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.

The death toll from the storm rose to at least 32 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane - now reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure - dumped rain on the heavily populated Northeast.

Continued historic, and likely catastrophic, flooding is expected.

Flooding has caused several other deaths, including that of a man who drowned attempting to cross a road in Marlboro County, SC, on Monday.

"Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said late on September 17, WSB reported.

Flash floods, landslide warnings and "prolonged significant river flooding" throughout the region will continue for the next few days, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

"Patients and staff alike, please exercise caution and place safety first", officials at the Fayetteville VAMC, near Fort Bragg, said.

Additional rainfall will be the heaviest in New Jersey and parts of New England, where there could be an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain. "Flood waters are rising as rivers crest and they will for days". Some flash flooding is possible. Others got a case of bottled water or military ready-to-eat meals.

The remainder of the deaths have resulted from drownings, electrocutions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falling trees, such as the deaths of a mother and her infant, who were killed after a tree fell on their North Carolina home. 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.

Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago.

Wilmington is still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, but officials say they'll open routes as soon as flooding recedes and downed trees and powerlines are cleared away.

One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters.

North Carolina had deployed about 2,000 boats and 36 helicopters to help people stranded in floods, the state's director of emergency management, has said. The system has speeded up on a path toward the heavily populated Northeast.

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