'We will be 100 percent' with storm victims

Image courtesy NCDOT

Image courtesy NCDOT

The hurricane swept through the United States east coast, causing more than 40 deaths and more than US$22bn worth of damage to the region.

More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were working in North Carolina, and the Defense Department assigned 13,500 military personnel to help relief efforts.

Sanderson Farms does not believe the loss of housing capacity will affect its ongoing operations, as it can shorten layouts and take other temporary measures to compensate for these losses.

It wasn't clear why the women were being moved in the aftermath of a killer hurricane, and Justin Bamberg, a lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law officers, said he was perplexed by the decision.

Wayne County has a long history of hurricane-related river flooding, and residents prepared days ahead of time to flee rising water, The News & Observer reported before the storm hit.

Jovani Quintano walks through a flooded neighborhood after heavy rains brought on by Hurricane Florence on September 19, 2018 in Lumberton, North Carolina.

Among the dead were two detainees who died in a Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation van in SC floodwaters.

He earlier visited a devastated community along North Carolina's Neuse River, speaking to residents in the flood ravaged town of New Bern.

'We will be 100 percent' with storm victims

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper continued to warn the state's beleaguered residents that for many areas, "the danger is still immediate".

Hundreds of roads in North Carolina remain closed due to the effects of former Hurricane Florence. So far, we know that at least three dozen people died during Hurricane Florence, but we won't know the true extent of the damages for some time.

Joseph DiGenova, a lawyer who came close to representing President Trump, said Tuesday night that Blasey Ford wants to delay her appearance before the Senate because she's a "loon".

McMaster said his damage estimates are preliminary and officials said they are likely to change as floodwaters recede and more assessments are completed in the coming weeks and months.

North Carolina's farmers, meanwhile, are beginning to count up their losses.

Baker said he and others cleaned out stormwater drains and had sandbags on hand if needed. The bodies will be taken to the Medical University of SC for autopsies, he said. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which has dumped up to 36in (91cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday. In addition, members of the Hornets organization are putting together 5,000 boxes for food banks in Charlotte, North Carolina.

More than 121,000 customers were without power across North Carolina, and more than 2.1 million customers across the southeast United States were affected by the storm, according to utilities.

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