Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Body of 1-year-old boy swept away by Florence floodwaters recovered

Body of 1-year-old boy swept away by Florence floodwaters recovered

The tropical depression will keep dumping rain over parts of North Carolina for the next few days, with numerous rivers expected to crest at major flood stage.

Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with yet more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to bursting point.

Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence's still-rising floodwaters, as helicopters and boat pulled people from homes swamped by swollen rivers.

"For many parts of North Carolina, the danger is still immediate", the state's governor, Roy Cooper, told reporters on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as a meter in some places.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, maximum peril could come days later as all that water drains, overflowing rivers and causing flash floods.

Tropical Depression Florence, once a major hurricane, made landfall in North Carolina on Friday and drenched the state with more downpours on Sunday. Firefighters there prayed outside the scene where a mother and her eight-month-old were killed when a tree crashed into their home Friday.

The rain was unrelenting in Cheraw, a town of about 6,000 people in northeastern SC.

In the port city of Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down in North Carolina, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken.

Kaiden's mom, who has not been named publicly, was driving along North Carolina Highway 218 on Sunday when they encountered a barricade across the roadway, the office said.

Five people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General Store, said the police department in Wilmington, which has imposed a nighttime curfew.

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The military announced on Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the coastline for days.

On a flooded road near New Bern, Bryan Moore and his nephew Logan made a decision to go swimming in the floodwaters after having spent days at home without electricity or running water.

The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It's still raining, and rivers are still rising.

"Three times in four years is very hard", said Randy Webster, director of the Horry County Office of Emergency Management.

Florence is expected to unload a total of 10 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina, meteorologist Ryan Maue said.

The storm's death toll, including those caused by fallen trees and electrocutions, rose to at least 19 by Monday morning, according to reports. "They have not even begun (to crest)".

Yet one family riding out the storm on the outskirts of Lumberton said they're not budging.

As rivers swelled, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from big hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas. In past hurricanes, flooding at dozens of farms also left hundreds of thousands of dead hogs, chickens and other decomposing livestock bobbing in floodwaters.

First responders have rescued and evacuated more than 2,600 people and more than 300 animals from flooded areas.

"I only just had the roof repaired from (Hurricane) Matthew two years ago", another resident told me.

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