At least 34 die from Hurricane Florence in US

At least 34 die from Hurricane Florence in US

Florence was a tropical depression on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph as it headed through Virginia and toward New England.

President Trump will travel to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence.

In Lumberton, North Carolina - a city submerged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - residents were bracing for disaster as the Lumber River seeps through a patched-up gap in the levee system.

In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters.

"It's up to people like us in a small team to go out there and go take care of folks", Nichols said in the video. But even when the rain lets up, water gushing downstream is expected to cause "catastrophic and historic river flooding" for days across portions of the Carolinas, the National Weather Service said.

Flood watches stretch from Virginia all the way to MA on Tuesday morning, including Washington, D.C.; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Boston.

Four days after Florence blew ashore and began unloading more than 2 feet of rain that paralyzed much of North Carolina, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Tuesday that two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been cut off by floodwaters.

At least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC. Elsewhere in North Carolina, an 88-year-old man died after his auto was swept away.

In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

"Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation said on Twitter yesterday. Those figures do not include losses from continuing flooding.

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"Every time we check the data, check the numbers, we're finding that many have been resolved and many new ones are coming in", city engineer Mike Davis said.

"We were watching the trees in the back that were leaning, but I guess the whole time we were watching the wrong ones", Olen Gill, his father, told WBTV. Rescue crews are conducting searches in the Boiling Spring Lakes area in order to make sure it is fully evacuated.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said. He also hailed first responders.

He just moved to Wilmington a few weeks ago and already lost his auto in the storm, he said.

More than 488,000 households in North Carolina and 20,000 in SC are without power, according to state officials.

Amid the devastation left behind by Hurricane Florence, former National Basketball Association superstar Michael Jordan promised a $2 million donation to help those impacted by the storm.

At least 26 people have been killed as a result of the storm in North Carolina, including in Union County, where Dazia Lee is mourning the death of her one-year-old son, Kaiden.

The weather service warned the heat index could climb to almost 100 degrees in some areas later this week, leaving older people or those with health conditions vulnerable to heat stress.

By 5 am Monday, Florence's winds were about 45 kmph, the NWS said, with weakening forecast over the next 24 hours before intensifying again.

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