Fayetteville warns residents: The worst is yet to come with flooding

Fayetteville warns residents: The worst is yet to come with flooding
How To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – Basketball legend and North Carolina native Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to help with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, officials said Tuesday.

Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund, the Charlotte Hornets said in a news release.

Jordans contribution will be in the form of $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas Florence Response Fund. The Red Cross is providing food and shelter to those displaced by the storm. The Foundation for the Carolinas directs funds to non-profits in North and South Carolina.

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Florence relief efforts

“It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas,” Jordan said in a news release.

Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to, Jordan said. And the deaths – it was so sad about the babies (that died, including one in Gaston County). You dont want to see any of that anywhere, but when its home, thats tough to swallow.

Video: Tracking Florence: Flooding cleanup already underway

The Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund directs funds to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm.

Still stranded by Florence's floods, Wilmington residents are lining up by the hundreds for free food, water and tarps as officials try to open new routes to one of the state's largest cities.

Workers began handing out supplies Tuesday morning using a system that resembled a restaurant drive-thru: Drivers in long lines pulled up to pallets lining a street. They placed an order and left without having to get out.

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's high winds ripped shingles off his roof. Others got a case of bottled water or military ready-to-eat meals. An olive-green military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Trump is expected to visit Myrtle Beach while in South Carolina. It is not yet clear where in North Carolina Trump is expected to visit.

Wilmington is still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, but officials say they'll open routes as soon as flooding recedes and downed trees and power lines are cleared away.

Video: Florence is leaving, but the Cape Fear River is still rising

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The river swallowed trees, lamp posts and a parking lot near its banks. City officials warned that still-rising water threatened some neighborhoods and businesses that seemed safe, but said the worst was nearly over and life was beginning to return to normal downtown. Businesses were re-opening and owners were removing sandbags and plywood from storefronts.

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