Hurricane, Tropical Storm, Tropical Depression Florence- Photos Courtesy: ABC News, UK Express, NC DOT, NOAA/NWS/NHC —Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
Monday, Sept. 17th –I-40 in Pender County, NC. Courtesy: NC DOT
Updated Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 8 p.m. CDT
As the cleanup and lifting evacuation orders continues, North Carolina officials remind residents about many rivers still flooding across the state. WPVI-TV reports 37 deaths are related to Hurricane Florence. As of tonight, 27 deaths in North Carolina.
As of 6 p.m. Eastern Time, 160,558 power outages in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Office of Emergency Management.
“People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days,” NC Governor Roy Cooper said. “Stay alert and stay safe.”
“Neighbors are helping neighbors. Communities of faith are stepping up. I talked to one woman whose house has been destroyed–she was out serving meals to other people. That is the spirit of North Carolina. And that is the spirit that I am witnessing across this state,” Governor Cooper said.
Around 7,800 residents are in shelters in 80 locations. First responders have rescued and evacuated more than 3,000 people and more than 900 pets in flooded areas. The rescues continue, state officials say.
People and business owners in 18 North Carolina counties can start applying to http://www.FEMA.gov for assistance and the Small Business Administration for disaster loans.
President Donald Trump also visited North Carolina on Wednesday.
“Incredible job being done by FEMA, first responders, law enforcement and all. Thank you!,” President Trump tweeted.
For more information and help, visit ncdps.gov/Florence or dial 211 or 888-892-1162. People also can text Florence to 898211.
For federal assistance, register and apply to FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov
To help and donate to North Carolina’s response to Hurricane Florence, visit governor.nc.gov or text FLORENCE to 20222.