Storm Florence causes 16 dead

Storm Florence causes 16 dead

State of emergency was declared in areas of North Carolina. Tens of thousands of people have had to leave their homes and floods are a concern.

US authorities have raised the death toll from tropical storm Florence to 16, and the state of emergency has been declared in the county where the largest city in North Carolina is located. The previous balance showed 14 dead.

The South Carolina Department of Public Security reported that, on Sunday, a 30-year-old driver got into an accident because of the water on the road she was driving on, plunged into a tree and died instantly. The accident occurred on a road in Gilbert, South Carolina.

In North Carolina, the Weather Service declared a state of emergency due to flooding in part of the Mecklenburg County, where Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, is located.

Weather services have reported that the water level of rivers and streams is rising very rapidly in Charlotte, Matthews and neighboring areas with "unprecedented" impacts. The city of Charlotte advised residents to stay away from the roads.

The state of emergency due to the floods was also decreed in the neighboring county of Union, where several rescue operations have taken place and more than 70 roads are flooded.

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