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Over 62,000 still without power in the Carolinas after Florence

22 September 2018

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

Cooper, meanwhile, has praised efforts of first responders who evacuated people from rising floodwaters.

Cooper's statement said that in the past week, first responders and emergency teams have conducted almost 5,000 rescues in storm-ravaged areas.

"It is critical that we promptly demonstrate to the U.S. Congress that North Carolina is more than sufficiently solvent to match a significant federal aid package befitting a state devastated by two major hurricanes in less than 24 months", they wrote in the letter to Cooper. Parts of the county saw over 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, but Florence was blamed for the deaths of two people before the waters started rising: a husband and wife, both 86 years old, died Friday in Fayetteville in a fire sparked by the candles they lit after their home lost power.

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Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

Sampling waterways in eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew showed a temporary increase in concentrations of some bacteria and pollutants in spots, according to a 2017 report from the state's Department of Environmental Quality. Rivers at some sites are not forecast to crest for days, including near Conway, S.C.

Tovornik wanted to go back to his house on Friday for more preparations, but with bridges starting closing all around Conway because of floodwaters, the few open roads were jammed.

Flood waters and downed trees nearly entirely cut off Wilmington from the rest of the state, after Florence dropped more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain over the coastal city.

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Thirty-one deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.

SC governor Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2bn in damage.

That water has caused several breaches in the dam on the south end of the lake which is flowing back into the Cape Fear River that is already high from the hurricane.

As floodwaters continue to rise, concerns are growing about the environmental and health dangers lurking in the water. Panthers fans will have the opportunity to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts by making cash donations at collection points at Bank of America Stadium during Sunday's home game. The National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward the coast.

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More than 10,000 people are still in shelters across the state, where they are forced to wait hours in line for food, water and other basic necessities.

Over 62,000 still without power in the Carolinas after Florence