Disaster
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Carolinas remain on alert for flooding from Florence

by Mickey McLean
Posted 9/22/18, 02:16 pm

North Carolina’s governor continued to warn Saturday of “treacherous” floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, urging residents in the eastern part of the state to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state’s river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage. South Carolina has ordered more evacuations as rivers there continue to swell as they carry runoff from record rainfall dumped by the storm toward the coast. Florence made landfall eight days ago near Wilmington, N.C., and headed out of the region on Monday.

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Flood risk remains in the Carolinas

by Mickey McLean
Posted 9/21/18, 11:35 am

Residents in eastern North and South Carolina still have not escaped the wrath of Hurricane Florence one full week after the storm first made landfall. Rainfall that measured in the trillions of gallons continues to make its way downstream from inland rivers and streams to the already saturated coast, causing billions of dollars of damage along the way.

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Ferry accident kills more than 100 in Africa’s Lake Victoria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/18, 11:33 am

More than 100 people died when a passenger ferry capsized on Thursday afternoon in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. Rescue workers said the death toll would rise as rescue efforts continued. Tanzania’s Electrical, Mechanical, and Electronics Services Agency said the ferry capsized near the area of Mwanza. Police commander Jonathan Shanna said there are no foreigners among the casualties. “Right now our focus is on rescue,” Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella said, adding that workers picked up at least 37 survivors, though he could not say how many passengers boarded the ferry.

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