Hurricane Florence’s death toll rises as floodwaters overwhelm region

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"For many parts of North Carolina, the danger is still immediate", the state's governor, Roy Cooper, told reporters on Monday. He has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastate Puerto Rico previous year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000.

In comparison, Hurricane Florence formed near Africa, and was out of the tropics by the time it made landfall, which caused the hurricane to be weakened by the dry air in the region.

More than 25 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of North Carolina, and more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in parts of SC.

Workers will begin handing out supplies to stranded residents in the city of 120,000 people beginning Tuesday morning, county officials say.

The death toll from Hurricane Florence has reached 32 while the rivers in the Carolinas continue to rise from the record-breaking storm.

'Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising, ' Journalist Marcus DiPaola posted on Twitter on Sunday.

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.

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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.

The weather service's Binghamton branch said that some places in NY got more than 3 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

There could be 3 inches of rain locally in New England and New Jersey. "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said. "What's open now may become impassable".

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

New Bern, North Carolina, a town of 30,000 located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, was one of the hardest-hit spots when Florence first came ashore and City Manager Mark Stephens said it was one of the worst storms in its 308-year history.

More than 488,000 households in North Carolina and 20,000 in SC are without power, according to state officials.


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