Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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Death toll rises as heavy rain from Florence continues to fall

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich & Mickey McLean
Posted 9/15/18, 07:06 pm

UPDATE: Authorities in North and South Carolina said Saturday that the death toll related to Florence had climbed to 11, as crews rescued people from rising waters caused by record amounts of rainfall along the coast and inland. More than 2 feet of rain had fallen in places, with an additional 1½ feet possible in the two-state region from the slow-moving tropical storm through Sunday.

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Trump claims Democrats inflated Maria death count in Puerto Rico

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/13/18, 01:22 pm

Amid growing concerns about Hurricane Florence lingering off the Atlantic coast, President Donald Trump Thursday morning rejected the official death count resulting from the devastating hurricane that struck Puerto Rico last year. The president said that the reported number of people who died in the U.S. territory due to Hurricane Maria was inflated by Democrats, who he claimed included unrelated deaths.

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Florence down to a Category 2, but still deadly

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/13/18, 10:40 am

Hurricane Florence weakened Thursday morning as winds and rain started hitting the coast of North Carolina, but that hasn’t eased the concerns of forecasters. Winds dropped from a high of 140 mph to 110 mph, reducing Florence from a Category 4 to a Category 2 storm. But it’s not the wind from a hurricane that poses the largest threat—it’s the water.

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