Dis­as­ter is de­clared as seven die in US storm

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­clared a dis­as­ter in North Carolina where a trop­i­cal storm has killed seven amid warn­ings the worst is far from over.

Storm Florence’s top sus­tained winds have weak­ened to 50mph but it is pro­jected to bring fur­ther cat­a­strophic flash flood­ing.

More than 2ft of rain has al­ready fallen on some towns, and fore­cast­ers warn that rain­fall could to­tal 3.5ft.

Nearly one mil­lion house­hold­ers have no elec­tric­ity in the Caroli­nas.

Mean­while, on the other side of the world, at least 14 peo­ple died when Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philip­pines.

Two of the deaths were res­cuers killed try­ing to help peo­ple trapped in a land­slide.

Yes­ter­day, the typhoon moved through the Philip­pines’ main is­land of Lu­zon, caus­ing dev­as­ta­tion be­fore mov­ing west to­wards China.

The storm tore off roofs, felled trees and trig­gered 42 land­slides and ex­ten­sive flood­ing.

The typhoon re­calls me­mories of the dead­li­est storm on record in the Philip­pines — Su­per Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 7,000 peo­ple.

Storm Florence causes flash flood­ing in the US, left

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