Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Trump to visit Carolinas on Wednesday

Trump to visit Carolinas on Wednesday

Water is responsible for the vast majority of deaths in hurricanes and tropical storms, but that hazard isn't included in the system forecasters used when they described the storm as a "Category 1 hurricane" at landfall.

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina remains largely cut off from the rest of the state.

"Thank you", a frazzled, shirtless Willie Schubert mouthed to members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew who plucked him and his dog Lucky from atop a house encircled by water in Pollocksville.

Flash floods, landslide warnings and "prolonged significant river flooding" throughout the region will continue for the next few days, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Images captured by Associated Press journalists show flooding caused by Florence in the Carolinas and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines.

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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.

Despite the impacts on air travel over the weekend, airlines began to resume service to numerous region's airports on Sunday, including at Charleston and Myrtle Beach in SC and Charlotte in North Carolina.

In South Carolina, just south of the North Carolina border, I-95 travels through especially low-lying swamp land, and over the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers.

Trump praised FEMA officials, military troops, and emergency first responders for their work, but he predicted that Democrats will say they were "not doing a good job".

Rescuers have saved about 700 people in New Hanover county, where Wilmington is located, and 2,600 people across the state.

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Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states. Winds reach 90 miles per hour, and some cities received over 25 inches of rain.

The slow-moving storm, has dumped up to 91cm of rain on the state since Thursday, displacing thousands. "The state of North Carolina is going to be with New Bern and Craven County for the long haul", said Cooper.

Wilmington's mayor said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into Wilmington. "We don't want that at this time", Gov. Roy Cooper said during his noon briefing Monday.

Donald Trump, who is expected to visit the affected areas this week, has declared a disaster in several North Carolina counties and made federal funding available for the recovery efforts.

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