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Gov. Cooper urge evacuees to stay where they are, five dead due to Florence

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Governor Roy Cooper told North Carolinians to stay off the roads at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Roads have experienced storm surge and flash flooding from Tropical Storm Florence. Interstate 40 near Warsaw was also in the path with flood waters. The interstate is closed to traffic along with stretches of Interstates 95 and 70, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol.

“When a storm is bad enough to shut down Interstate highways, know that other roads may be in worse shape,” Cooper said.

Cooper also said that anyone who left the region for shelter elsewhere should stay there.

“Don’t go back now,” Cooper said. “Even when evacuation orders are lifted, it won’t be safe for you to return. Plus, you’ll be in the way of recovery and rescue efforts going on there.”

Some officials say that have never seen flash flooding like this in North Carolina, even when Fran hit in 1996, and Floyd in 1999.

Five deaths have been confirmed as related to the devastating storm and more are under investigation,” Cooper said.

Two people were killed in Wilmington when a tree crashed into a home, killing a woman and her infant child. A woman in Hampstead died of a heart attack, with officials saying no emergency responders could get to her because of the storm.

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President Trump rumored to visit New Bern, NC Wednesday

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The 45th President of The United States of America Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance in Eastern Carolina Wednesday.

According to the New York Post, President Trump will be surveying the destructive damage left by Hurricane Florence.

The exact locations Trump will visit were not immediately available but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump’s North Carolina visit.

President Trump issued a disaster declaration Sunday for several counties in North Carolina.

The order issued is for residents in the affected area to apply for federal funding.

Locals in New Bern tells News In Onslow that Trump is expected to be in Downtown New Bern and that his car landed in Cherry Point, North Carolina Monday evening.

 

 

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One dead in Bear Creek Road wreck

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One person is dead tonight in a Bear Creek Road wreck.

The name of the person killed has not been released. Officials say alcohol use, speed and water on the road was all factors.

The driver died at the scene.

This story is DEVELOPING and we will release more information as it becomes available.

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Public’s Safety suffering at the hands of Onslow County Government, lifts mandatory evacuation

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Onslow County, North Carolina Government is causing a lot of confusion on the public’s safety to return home after many fled the area from Hurricane Florence wrath. 

Top officials in North Carolina including Governor Roy Cooper have told those who fled the state to stay where they are because it is not safe to return, but Onslow County Manager David Cotton said otherwise.

David Cotton said in an EOC(Emergency Operations Center) update Monday morning that evacuees from Onslow County will be able to return Tuesday, September 12, at 8:00 A.M.

Robin Knapp, an Onslow County Commissioner does not agree with Cotton’s decision and is urging evacuees to not return to Onslow County because it is not safe.

“We are not completely done with flooding and if it continues to rain, we will see an INCREASE in flooding. So, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AN ATTEMPT,” he said in a Facebook post. (He deleted the below post).

Robin Knapp deeming it is not safe to return to Jacksonville before he deleted the post.

While the roads in and around Onslow County are still flooded and dangerous, many will lose resources and reimbursement due to the decision to lift the mandatory evacuation.

Routes back into Onslow County has not yet been decided.

Some in the area are worried that they will lose their eligibility for disaster relief funding through certain avenues, and employers will demand employees to show for work, and Fema has already begun denying applicants in Onslow County to receive help.

If you plan on traveling back soon; be mindful that rivers around Eastern North Carolina will crest which may result in the available passable routes today to become impassable in the next few days. You are also asked to bring back supplies that will last for 7 days.

Onslow County remains under a flash flood warning until 12:30 P.M. Tuesday.

Us here at News In Onslow responded to the confusion below:

 

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