Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Hurricane Florence relief

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence

Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million To Hurricane Relief Efforts In North Carolina

Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers.

US President Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to visit North Carolina, which is bearing the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge and where rivers are still rising while thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, where dozens of buildings were destroyed, the National Weather Service reported.

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

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through on Monday (Tuesday NZT), but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals as major flooding continues in the state due to the storm's drenching rains.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state, but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", he said in a news conference. One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC.

Residents (from left) Mike Haddock, 48, Katlyn Humphrey, 19, Michelle Haddock, 45, and Justin Humphrey, 24, remove possessions from the Haddock's flooded home using a jon boat in Trenton, North Carolina. On Tuesday, the storm's remnants were continuing to soak the mid-Atlantic region and southern New England with heavy rain. Still, it displaced thousands of people and caused extensive property damage. Those figures do not include losses from continuing flooding.

At the White House, Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath.

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More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina, six days after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in SC.

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. Power outages also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 200,000, almost all in North Carolina.

One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, officials said, and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of harried people from atop homes and other structures.

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