14 Dead After Tropical Storm Florence Lands in North and South Carolina

14 Dead After Tropical Storm Florence Lands in North and South Carolina

The New York Times reports the death toll has risen to at least 14 people in North and South Carolina as of Sunday morning. The storm has since downgraded to a tropical depression but it’s continuing West and is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to Charlotte, North Carolina throughout Monday.

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Seven people have died since Tropical Storm Florence landed in North and South Carolina, reports Al Jazeera.

The death toll includes a mother and infant in North Carolina who were fatally injured when a tree fell on their home. Florence was originally a Category 1 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. However, it has proven to be just as vicious. The tropical storm has left nearly one million people without power in the Carolinas.

“Currents of water are flooding homes, covering roads and sweeping away cars,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper in a press statement this afternoon. “They are dangerous and destructive. Stay off the roads in most parts of North Carolina. Don’t make yourself someone who needs to be rescued.”

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