Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Dogs rescued from locked kennel surrounded by rising Florence floodwater

Dogs rescued from locked kennel surrounded by rising Florence floodwater

Florence knocked out power and left debris strewn across homes and streets.

The remnants of deadly Hurricane Florence brought more misery to the waterlogged Carolinas on Monday with officials warning the worst is yet to come, as heavy rain persisted and swollen rivers posed a growing threat. "It was torrential rain for days", said Saffo.

Rising river levels threaten more closures, state officials said. And with that increased flooding - many rivers are not expected to crest until Monday or later - the death count will rise. Flash flood watches extended all the way to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and southern New England.

Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.

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".

Elsewhere in North Carolina, an 88-year-old man died after his auto was swept away. He said he's heard the roads are closed, that everything is flooded and no one can get through.

Property damage from the storm is expected to total at least $17 billion to $22 billion, but that forecast could be conservative depending on further flooding, risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

It has dumped up to 100cm of rain on North Carolina since Thursday, the NWS said.

"We are struggling to get routes open to places like Wilmington, Columbus County, and Brunswick County-a lot of communities surrounded by water", and Cooper added, "The road situation is very dynamic from hour to hour". "Now we're having river flooding, many of our rivers are approaching risky flood levels and the flooding is only going to increase in those areas".

Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago. He urged those who evacuated to not to come back yet so as to not hamper the efforts of emergency personnel and supply trucks trying to reach the area. Or northbound motorists from Georgia could get off I-95 and take either I-26 or I-20 to Columbia and then catch I-77 to Charlotte, the agency said. He also hailed first responders.

Cooper said about 2,600 people were rescued in North Carolina, along with 300 animals, and that the rescues were continuing.

About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.

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