Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods

North Carolina DOT officials have asked for days that out of state drivers to avoid driving in the state if possible.

News correspondent Gadi Schwartz captured a video of a fire ants forming colonies in North Carolina's flooded streets, sharing the video on Twitter.

-High water: The Cape Fear River crested at 61.5 feet (18.7 meters) early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The river's overflow also turned Interstate 40 in Pender County into a river, which state Department of Transportation officials say serves as a reminder of how risky traveling in the area can be.

Two of the SC victims were mental health patients who drowned on Tuesday when a van carrying them was swept away by floodwater. The study was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government, which has accepted the finding as its official death toll.

In addition, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95.

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At least 37 people have died in storm-related incidents, including 27 in North Carolina, 8 in SC and 2 in Virginia. Two other people were sent to a hospital for observation. "Wilmington truly is my home", Jordan said of his hometown in an interview with The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

"A map in a catastrophe is only so good as its ability to capture real-time information either from sensors or people", Steve Goldsmith, a professor who directs Harvard University's Data-Smart City Solutions project, told The Associated Press.

The latest victims in SC were identified as Wendy Wenton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, by the Marion County Coroner, US media report.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters. "I don't really know what we're gonna do", one resident tells Meminger.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas.

"People need to understand this will not be a week-long process", Jordan said.

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