Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Hurricane Florence relief

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Hurricane Florence relief

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms raced through the Northeast and in to the Atlantic.

"It just hits home", Jordan told the media. "So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home".

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina, six days after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.

He was accompanied by the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) chief, Brock Long; Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.

Oliver Kelly, 1, cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat during his rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018.

The famed player and National Basketball Association owner hopes that his donation can help his community recover from the mass flooding suffered from Hurricane Florence. That breaks a rainfall record for tropical cyclones in North Carolina of just over 2 feet (60 centimeters) set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The damage is estimated to be in the millions.

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On Tuesday, Beijing announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. goods in response to President Donald Trump's latest decision to increase import duties on Chinese products in a dispute over Beijing's technology policy. Flood waters inundated the barns and waste pit at one company-owned hog farm in the state, she said.

Many cities and towns in the south-east of the North Carolina remained underwater on Wednesday.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through on Monday (Tuesday NZT), but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

Rivers are continuing to rise as massive rainful across the state makes its way downstream, and major roads like Interstate 40 have turned into rivers, not to mention entire towns. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

The storm dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said.

The risk modeling agency Air Worldwide on Tuesday said insured losses from Florence's winds and storm surge will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion.

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