Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Hurricane Florence relief

Aerial view of flooding in Conway South Carolina

Floodwaters inundate homes after Florence struck the Carolinas Monday Sept. 17 2018 in Conway S.C

In an interview with Fox News' Griff Jenkins, Pollocksville Mayor Jay Bender said the town was devastated, pointing out that many problems his town is facing after Hurricane Florence are more severe than those weathered in previous storms. It wasn't clear how long he had been stranded.

"One thing we know is that sunshine doesn't necessarily mean safety", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a late-afternoon press conference and warned the 15,000 residents living in shelters against returning home too soon.

The team also announced the creation of a special T-shirt for sale with all proceeds going to the Foundation for the Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

That includes trying to shore up several roads leading to Conway, a city inland from Myrtle Beach, where officials say rising waters could cut off the area similar to what's happened to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Civil Air patrol members handing a case of water to a citizen
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He said Tuesday that the 26th victim is a 71-year-old man who died Sunday when his vehicle ran off North Carolina Highway 210 in Pender County and into floodwaters.

The storm has pummeled North Carolina, leaving people stranded at home, blocked from traveling, sweltering as they wait for the power to come on and the water to recede.

One person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned some 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Rescuers have saved about 700 people in New Hanover county, where Wilmington is located, and 2,600 people across the state. Downed trees and power lines still blocked many roads into the city.

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The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 miles per hour (144 kph) by nightfall. Winds will ramp up today, stay strong through Friday, then slowly relax through the weekend.

"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe", the president said.

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Bob Richling carried Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathered her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C. His power went off Thursday before Florence hit the coast, but he couldn't recall exactly when.

Florence, the storm that brought the misery, has gone from a hurricane to a tropical depression to a meandering system that dropped rain over the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service says more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain had fallen by Tuesday morning from the Elmira area to counties in southeastern NY.

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Emergency officials had difficulty keeping up with the scope of the spreading disaster. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.

"At the end of the day, it makes you think about the path that you have taken, and where your life has taken you", Jordan said.

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