Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

'I'm just so tired': Frustration, exhaustion grow in wake of storm Florence

'I'm just so tired': Frustration, exhaustion grow in wake of storm Florence

President Trump has arrived in flood-soaked North Carolina, where under sunny skies, he's getting a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast.

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

"And you haven't really been hit yet, by comparison to what's coming", Trump told officials at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center in Conway. However, Trump's description of the hurricane being one of the "wettest" storms in history "from the standpoint of water" caught the eye of many Twitter users. At least 27 people have been killed in North Carolina, eight in SC, and one in Virginia.

The deaths, which have occurred in three states, include two women who were being taken to a mental health facility when the van they were riding in was engulfed by floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River in SC, authorities said.

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week.

The detainees were women being transported from Waccamaw Mental Health and Loris Hospital to a behavioural health hospital in Darlington, South Carolina, according to the Associated Press. Floodwaters have disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

The Cape Fear River, the largest in the state, crested this morning at over 60 feet.

Jimmy Shackleford, 74, of Burgaw transports his son Jim Shackleford and his wife Lisa, and their pets Izzy, Bella and Nala (in the cage) in the bucket of his tractor as the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks during flooding after Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, U.S., September 17, 2018. Residents stuck in the city have lined up to receive food, water and other supplies.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.

Brock Long, the embattled FEMA administrator facing mounting questions about an investigation into his use of government vehicles, traveled to North Carolina this week and met with state officials.

Cooper said North Carolina had confirmed a 26th death from the storm, pushing the toll to 33 lives lost so far in the Carolinas and Virginia, including at least three children between the ages of 3 months and 1 year.

He was accompanied by the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) chief, Brock Long; Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.

Trump is visiting Temple Baptist Church in New Bern.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that even with Florence gone, a stretch of the eastern USA spanning hundreds of miles from SC to Virginia was still vulnerable to moderate or major flooding.

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