Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that even with Florence gone, a stretch of the eastern USA spanning hundreds of miles from SC to Virginia was still vulnerable to moderate or major flooding.

North Carolina is one of the nation's biggest livestock producers, ranking second in hog production; the state has more than 2,000 permitted swine farms and 9.3 million pigs.

"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to at least 35 in three states, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state.

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Additionally, Hornets and National Basketball Association merchandising partner Fanatics has designed a special T-shirt featuring the Hornets logo in the middle of the states of North and SC surrounded by the words "Carolina Strong".

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic. High winds brought down trees and damaged homes.

As evacuees continue to seek refuge in shelters across the state, Cooper warned people in Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties not to return home.

The toxic ash could run off into the nearby Cape Fear River.

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A few hours later, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm. Three regional agency offices are closed after Hurricane Florence and some employees had to be evacuated due to rising water levels.

President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct".

"We reached out to try to find as many partners who are willing to sacrifice and give to this cause", Jordan said.

The storm has set rainfall records in several locations in North Carolina, including Swansboro, with a whopping 34 inches, Hoffman Forest with 29.48 inches and Sunny Point with 27.44 inches.

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There are more than 1,100 road closures around the state, including portions of Interstates 95 and 40.

In Lumberton, where the Lumber River inundated homes, Fire Chief John Paul Ivey couldn't even count how many calls authorities had received about people needing to be rescued.

The perils stretched across North Carolina's more than 800-kilometres width.

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