The Latest: Warships ready to help with the Florence reaction

Water of Hurricane Florence flood the centre of Trenton, N. C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

WILMINGTON, N. C. – The Last Tropical Depression Florence (all times are local):

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Two U.S. Navy warships carry helicopters and life-saving appliances are in the off position, the East Coast to help with the response to the hurricane was Tropical Depression Florence.

The U.S. Navy, said in a statement Monday that the amphibious attack is an assault ship USS Kearsarge and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington are available to provide support as requested by the civil officials.

The ships are ready to deploy hundreds of Marines and sailors as Osprey aircraft, helicopters, landing boats, vehicles and generators. The sailors and Marines are able to perform search and rescue as well as clearing of the debris.

Military officials said the USNS Comfort hospital ship is not deployed, because the communities around the disaster area are able to provide adequate medical services.


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President Donald Trump has approved federal funding to help the recovery efforts in the area of South Carolina affected by Florence.

In a press release on Monday, the White House said Trump had declared that a major disaster exists in the state. He ordered that federal aid be used “in addition to the state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the state.


9:30 pm

The devastating flooding in North Carolina of Florence has led to concerns about whether some of the dams will be able to under the pressure.

According to the data obtained by The Associated Press, the state has 1,445 dams rated high hazard. That is a total of about 5,700 dams that range from large federal ones to small private ones.

A high hazard classification means a failure would be likely to cause the loss of one or more human lives.

The data show that the state is a high-risk dams, 185 had a poor or insufficient during the recent inspections.

The data are from the National Inventory of Dams.


9:30 pm

Florence has left approximately 500,000 customers without power, most of them in North Carolina.

Over 467,000 customers without service in North Carolina, including in the area of Wilmington that is surrounded by water and cut off.

About 17,000 customers without service in South Carolina, especially in the northeastern part of South Carolina near the North Carolina state line.

About 12,000 customers without service in Virginia. Most were in the southwestern part of the state.


9:30 pm

Dozens of roads are closed in the western parts of Virginia Florence circles its way across the state.

State transportation officials said early Monday that roads are blocked by fallen trees or covered with stagnant water.

Appalachian Power reported more than 7,000 Virginia customers without power early Tuesday.

Florence brought heavy rainfall to parts of Virginia late Sunday and early Monday as the storm moved to the north. Virginia officials have warned that the residents brace for significant rainfall and possible flooding in the southwest and south of the state. The Roanoke city asked residents who live in the area to voluntarily evacuate.


9:30 pm

Officials in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin with the evaluation of the consequences of the Tropical Storm Florence.

Park officials said in a statement Monday areas of the park that straddle Tennessee and North Carolina will be opened to the public once it is deemed safe. Facilities and roads that were closed in anticipation of the storm remained closed early Monday.

Other roads and facilities have remained open, including the mountains, check out and Oconaluftee visitor centers.


8:20 pm

The authorities are looking for a 1-year-old boy who was swept away by the water in North Carolina after the boy’s mother lost her grip on him.

Union County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Underwood said a woman and her child were on their way to visit relatives when they drove past a couple of barricades on the highway 218 in northern Union County. The woman later told authorities someone had pushed the barricades to the side a bit, making her think that it was OK to continue.

The woman who car was swept off the road by the water, pinning it against a group of trees. She was able to get a free 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch out of his chair and escape. But the waters were deep, and Underwood, said the woman lost her grip and her son was swept away.


6:20 pm

A train has derailed in North Carolina, but it is not clear whether it was storm-related.

WBTV reports that the CSX train derailed Sunday evening in Anson County, east of the state’s largest city, Charlotte.

The station says the derailment led to at least a closed road.

The station cites CSX officials say the derailment that involved multiple cars on a train heading to Hamlet, North Carolina.

Officials have reported flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence in Union County, located between Charlotte and Anson County.

They did not say whether there were any injuries or what the train was carrying.


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With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by the still rising waters of Florence, the officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull the interior occupants of houses threatened by the swollen rivers.

The spread of disaster, claimed extra lives Sunday, with at least 17 people are confirmed dead, and the nation’s top emergency official said that other states were in the path of this week.

Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency says not only to expect more effects in North Carolina, but also “you see a lot of damage goes through West Virginia, all the way up to Ohio if the system leaves.”

In Wilmington, the state’s eighth largest city, residents waited for hours outside shops and restaurants and on Sunday for basic necessities like water. The police guarded the door of a shop, and only 10 people were allowed inside at a time.


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