Florence: North Carolina's rivers still rising after record rain

Forty-four people were killed and 660 injured when the powerful earthquake rattled Hokkaido this month causing considerable damage

Forty-four people were killed and 660 injured when the powerful earthquake rattled Hokkaido this month causing considerable damage

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 Japanese city of Sapporo has pulled out of the bidding to host the 2026 Winter Olympics after the natural disaster in Hokkaido, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday, adding that the city would focus on bidding for the 2030 Games.

Cooper said he had come to New Bern to provide encouragement for local residents.

Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located. "It's a notice to people that roads are flooded", he said.

Rescuers freed six dogs that were locked up in an outdoor cage in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, as the water level was rapidly rising.

One of those was responsible for the death of a man just outside Richmond.

"We, the people of North Carolina, will get through this", Cooper said. "I can't thank the first responders enough".

This is the second death in Virginia attributed to Florence.

At least 31 people in the Carolinas and one person in Virginia have died in storm-related incidents.

Florence is spreading its misery. The sheer amount of water has caused rivers to overflow their banks, making roads impassable and flooding entire neighborhoods, leaving hundreds of thousands trapped.

More than 15,000 people were staying in 150 emergency shelters in North Carolina on Sunday. "With every inch of rain, our rivers rise and we'll see significant flooding on into next week.it could be of historic proportions". Florence dumped 34 inches of rainfall in Marion.

The amounts are unofficial, but still a good look at the gravity of Florence.

The Cape Fear River at Fayetteville, N.C., rose 20 feet in 24 hours because of Hurricane Florence's rain.

'We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. "As the water recedes things will get better". An olive-green military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

The VA had readied mobile units to go to the region once the storm passed to provide services to stranded veterans, but it was unclear when they would actually start working in North Carolina.

South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence.

The South Carolina National Guard says in a news release that Gov. Henry McMaster was to meet Tuesday with U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy at the state's emergency response headquarters. N.C. 12 has reopened on Hatteras Island, as has USA 264 in Pamlico and Hyde counties.

Also scheduled to attend Tuesday's briefing are the chief of the National Guard Bureau and the adjutant general of SC. Officials at the center said that its outlying clinics were tentatively scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, but added that actual re-openings were "to be determined based on factors like weather, road and facility condition as well as water and utility availability".

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

At least 32 people are dead, including several young children, as a result of the storm, which brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding to North and SC. The system has speeded up on a path toward the heavily populated Northeast.

Remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane are now a rainy, windy mass of low pressure.

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