Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wilmington, North Carolina, making it the epicenter of the destruction.

As it moves north, Florence continues to dump rain on North and SC in already-flooded areas.

At least 18 people were killed in the storm.

Emergency crews have rescued more than 900 people in North Carolina as floodwaters continue to rise.

The volunteer United Cajun Navy rescue group says it was helping in Leland, where about 200 people have made calls for help, after it made numerous rescues in Wilmington.

"We know that we're going to need significant federal resources, and they have promised them across the board", Gov Cooper said on Monday of Fema and DHS.

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

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said: "All roads in the state right now are at risk of floods". The people who were hit by the fury of Florence are nowhere near out danger. Officials are planning to use high water vehicles to drive in enough food and other supplies to feed 60,000 people for four days. SC also set a record for most rain in a single tropical weather system, previously set by Tropical Storm Jerry in 1995.

Officials are planning to airlift food and water to Wilmington after the city of almost 120,000 people became cut off from the rest of North Carolina by rising flood water from Florence. It is, however, under the lowest level of nuclear emergency, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told The News & Observer newspaper of Raleigh.

With the rain and winds headed north, some residents in North and SC started to return to their homes as the sun peeked through the clouds briefly for the first time in days. The National Weather Service considers flooding to be "devastating " once a height of 23 feet is reached for the river.

By Monday, North Carolina authorities were able to open one road into the city of 117,000.

Officials said Monday evening that 32 deaths have resulted from Florence.

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Rescue teams searched overnight for a 1-year-old boy swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's auto off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC. NCDOT warns that during a big storm there's a lag time between when a road becomes impassable and when it gets marked as closed on the website.

"Flood waters are rising as rivers crest and they will for days". About 1.8 million customers were affected by the storm.

An 88-year-old man was also found dead in Union County on Monday, next to a auto that had been submerged in the floods.

LUMBERTON, North Carolina - Even as Florence leaves the Carolinas, the floodwaters and death toll keep rising.

Many motorists driving on the just-reopened southbound I-95 lanes in SC appeared to be local, Collins said.

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In North Carolina, flooding was so bad that officials Monday advised motorists not to travel "in southern, central and eastern parts of the state".

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