Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

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

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

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.

More than 1,100 roads were forced to close and rescue efforts were hindered, with many residents remaining trapped in their homes.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

Hurricane Florence is causing a threat that many Carolinians may not be aware of - fire ants.

Trump issued the posts on Twitter Tuesday, while North Carolina is still dealing with the devastation and coastal and inland flooding wracked by the powerful storm.

In an interview with Fox News' Griff Jenkins, Pollocksville Mayor Jay Bender said the town was devastated, pointing out that many problems his town is facing after Hurricane Florence are more severe than those weathered in previous storms.

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Officials are urging residents to pick a side of the Cape Fear River and stay there until the bridge reopens.

In addition to being raised in North Carolina, MJ serves as a co-chairman of Charlotte basketball team the Hornets.

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Meteorologist Mike Rusnak says the weather service also confirmed a second tornado touched down in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, near the border with North Carolina. Making sure that people have temporary housing, roads are open, power is back on. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina's western mountains feared landslides.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state, but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said.

"There's too much going on, " he told a news conference.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's flight over soggy parts of the state on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) turned from an observation trip to a rescue mission when he spotted two people stranded atop a flooded vehicle, surrounded by water rushing into the area from Florence. I-95 and portions of I-40 are closed.

The remnants of tropical storm Florence are moving through New Hampshire today and heavy rain is in the forecast until tonight.

"We don't know. We'd love to have them", McMaster said.

More than 324,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.

During his fly-around on Monday (Tuesday NZT), McMaster said he and state officials were doing what they can to learn lessons from 2016.

Property damage from the storm is expected to range from £12.9billion (US$17 billion) to £16.72billion (US$22 billion), the risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

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