Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18 7 a.m

The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18 7 a.m

The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say.

Access improved at least temporarily to Wilmington, a North Carolina port city of 120,000 that has been isolated for days by high water.

Pressure differences drive the winds, which in turn can steer and slow down storms, he said.

"Flooding in North Carolina is sending unheard amounts of water into South Carolina along the Lynches, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said in a letter requesting federal aid on Thursday.

All that water from Nichols and Conway is heading toward Georgetown County, where five different rivers dump into the Atlantic Ocean.

While some roads are not flooded, they may have damage and hazardous debris that makes it unsafe to drive or walk on them, state officials said.

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"There are going to be some pretty good losses on the poultry side judging from the flooded houses that we saw", he said. "Today is the day that you need to start preparation for those evacuations".

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"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday.

Now Smith, who counts himself lucky that his flock survived, is looking to quickly move his chickens to processing plants before the weekend, when more showers are forecast and the nearby Neuse River may flood further.

The barrier island community of Emerald Isle started feeling the impacts of Florence more than a day before the hurricane made landfall, and a US government water monitoring gauge ultimately recorded water levels over 6 feet (2 meters) above normal there. About 10,000 remain in shelters.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighborhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.

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North Carolina continues to bear the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge, as rivers continue to rise and thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.

On the Cape Fear River, Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington, N.C. power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the water.

Members of the National Guard work on a long sand bag flood barrier being built by the South Carolina Department of Transportation on U.S. 501 to lesson damage to roads anticipated from floods caused by Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, in Conway, South Carolina, U.S. September 19, 2018.

In South Carolina, emergency officials issued a stern warning on avoiding the roads: "I know we sound redundant, but it bears repeating: Turn around, don't drown!" the state's emergency management department tweeted.

Several sewer systems in the region also have released untreated or partly treated sewage and storm water into waterways over the last week, local media reported.

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