81-year-old man dies in Florence's floodwaters in SC

81-year-old man dies in Florence's floodwaters in SC

81-year-old man dies in Florence's floodwaters in SC

The Miami Herald never mentioned global warming in 21 stories on Hurricane Florence, Public Citizen found-despite being based in one of the U.S. cities most vulnerable to climate change.

The women were being transported by sheriff's deputies from a hospital in Loris and from the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Conway to McLeod Health Darlington, CNN affiliate WPDE reported. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn't get the rear doors open, and the two patients drowned inside the van.

At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher. Florence inundated parts of the Carolinas, leaving about 3 feet of rain in some places. And while sunny skies have returned, the water problems are just beginning. Wilmington is home to a major port that specializes in grains, wood products and chemicals.

In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase.

Ferry service for the public has resumed for several coastal routes in North Carolina.

While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock.

The storm has resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, 26 in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper. Roofs were peeled off laboratory buildings and dormitories at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. The state ranks No. 1 in poultry and egg cash receipts, and second in swine. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan surveys flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence during a helicopter ride from Raleigh to Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday. Buchanan also assisted after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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On September 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center warned the residents of Virginia and North and SC that the fast approaching tropical storm Florence was gaining strength and could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane. More than 100,000 homes are still without electricity days after the storm.

"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the lovely sunshine", he added. "You take care of yourself", he said.

During a packed day, a wind-breaker-clad Trump visited both North and SC, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials.

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

He said he was confident the state would "build our way out" of what he called possibly the "worst disaster" to hit in its history, with the cooperation of "Team South Carolina" and Trump. Though the hurricane packed 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising rivers.

People sit outside their home in New Bern on Wednesday.

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