More miles of I-95 in SC closed due to flooding

Pablo Tucker
September 19, 2018

Florence made landfall near Jordan's hometown of Wilmington, N.C., at about 7:15 a.m. Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

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

The mother had driven around barricades on a stretch of road that had been closed, the post said.

The Coast Guard said it had 26 helicopters and 11 aircraft looking for people in trouble. It wasn't clear how long he had been stranded.

The death toll from the storm rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants brought downpours to the heavily populated Northeast, triggering flooding in New Hampshire and NY state.

Tony Alsup takes a selfie with the rescued dogs and cats.
Courtesy of Tony Alsup
Tony Alsup takes a selfie with the rescued dogs and cats. Courtesy of Tony Alsup

His mother had escaped her auto with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and the boy was swept away, authorities said.

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighbouring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

Meanwhile, a Duke Energy nuclear plant about 30 miles south of Wilmington declared a state of emergency Monday because the 1,200-acre complex was cut off by flood waters and inaccessible to outside personnel, The N&O's Craig Jarvis and John Murawski reported on Monday.

"It was too risky to stay", Hammett said.

"We had flooding from the storm surge that people in the southeastern part of the state experienced along with significant flash flooding", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, authorities said.

Jim Trogdon, the N.C. Transportation Secretary, clarified in a press conference Monday afternoon that one road to Wilmington is open.

Mayor Bill Saffo said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into Wilmington.

The power and danger of slow-moving flood water isn't as easy to visually grasp as, say, a news reporter braving vicious winds to demonstrate the effect.

Emergency crews were unable to get to her because of a downed tree in the road. The smell of broken pine trees wafted through damaged neighborhoods.

The port of Wilmington, North Carolina, is getting ready to reopen either later Tuesday or Wednesday morning, nearly a week after it shut down ahead of Hurricane Florence, and ahead of any official announcement from the US Coast Guard, according to a Moran Shipping port update Tuesday. "I'll tell you what, though, we are delighted to have had the attention and communication with President Trump and with (his) administration - officials and cabinet members".

"It's all kind of a blur", Mr. Monroe said.

Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression from a hurricane, was headed through Virginia toward New England. And with that increased flooding - many rivers are not expected to crest until Monday or later - the death count will rise.

"At the end of the day, it makes you think about the path that you have taken, and where your life has taken you", Jordan said.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion were killed by breathing in carbon monoxide, the Associated Press reports.

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