Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Death Toll From Florence Reaches 32, Officials Say

Death Toll From Florence Reaches 32, Officials Say

A one-year-old boy is the youngest victim to have been killed by the storm after he fell out of his mother's hands near Charlotte, North Carolina.

"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city", Saffo said.

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

"Never drive through flooded roads".

At its peak strength, Florence was a Category 4 hurricane, but was downgraded to tropical depression status on Sunday.

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

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state, but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", he said in a news conference.

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"The worst is yet to come", as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, an NWS meteorologist. "I can't thank the first responders enough". The area was drenched by thunderstorms and torrential rain overnight. Flooding is expected to continue there for the next few days. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado. Several rivers are forecast to break records set during hurricanes Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016. The National Weather Service says more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain had fallen by Tuesday morning from the Elmira area to counties in southeastern NY.

Florence's remnants, described by the National Weather Service as a post-tropical cyclone, rolled over the northeast United States, hitting parts of southern NY and northern Pennsylvania.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina. but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Fox News on Sunday. Cooper said his office would be working closely with FEMA and state legislators to help rebuild areas of the state damaged by Hurricane Florence.

The Cape Fear River at Fayetteville, N.C., rose 20 feet in 24 hours because of Hurricane Florence's rain. Officials say the area was cleaned and flushed. "They hope to be able to get back to their homes".

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's high winds ripped shingles off his roof. Our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger. An olive-green military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence. In South Carolina, the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers will climb through the end of the week, potentially setting records around Saturday.

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