Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
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Tropical Depression Florence Kills 17 & Smashes Rainfall Records in Carolinas

Tropical Depression Florence Kills 17 & Smashes Rainfall Records in Carolinas

A Coast Guard crew from New Jersey helped a woman trapped in her home.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality plans to try early this week to inspect the damaged Duke Energy landfill in Wilmington near the Cape Fear River, spokeswoman Megan Thorpe said.

In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence.

"The storm has never been more unsafe than it is right now", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference yesterday.

In the town of Trenton, North Carolina, the Trent River surpassed its flooding record of 28.42 feet, also set during Hurricane Floyd.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference.

Numerous emergency-relief organizations are now working to bring aid to the millions of people affected by Florence.

New Hanover County Commission chairman Woody White said: "Do not come here".

The storm's aftermath created flawless conditions for snakes, he said, "so I will be watching my feet closely until things reach equilibrium again".

The most rainfall recorded in SC was in the town of Loris, where 23.81 inches (0.6 meters) fell. The smell of cracked pine trees wafted through hard-hit neighborhoods.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath. "We don't want that at this time", Gov. Roy Cooper said during his noon briefing Monday. Harvey's total of 60.58 inches (60.5 centimetres) a year ago in Texas is No. 1.

Desperate for gas to run a generator at home, Nick Monroe waited in a half-mile-long (more than half-kilometre) line at a Speedway station even though the pumps were wrapped in plastic.

The National Hurricane Center released its final advisory on Florence on September 16.

"It's all kind of a blur", Monroe said.

Florence was still massive, despite being downgraded to a tropical depression from a once-fearsome Category 4 hurricane.

More than 300 people remained Monday at a shelter on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Raleigh, the state capital which escaped the brunt of the storm.

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

The death toll officially hit 23 on Monday, with authorities confirming that the body of missing 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch was located in North Carolina. I-40 from Wilmington to I-95 is also still closed. About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark.

Facebook: Facebook has activated a safety check on its Hurricane Florence crisis response page, where people can declare themselves safe.

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