Statewide state of emergency in North Carolina after death toll rises following disastrous flooding

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Eta flash floods turn deadly in North Carolina. Picture: Youtube video

North Carolina’s governor issued a statewide state of emergency declaration Friday as the death toll from severe flooding that wreaked havoc across the state on Thursday continued to rise.

This storm has already claimed several lives, and everyone should exercise caution by avoiding flooded roads and areas along swollen creeks and rivers,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement. “Our prayers go out to the families and friends of those who were injured or killed by these devastating floods.

Flood warnings remained in effect for a large part of the state on Friday, including Raleigh, and many roads were still closed.

One of the hardest-hit areas was at the Hiddenite Family Campgrounds in Alexander County, where floodwaters rose to deadly levels as heavy rainfall, some it the result of Tropical Storm Eta, brought widespread flooding to the Southeast on Thursday. The deluge unleashed inches of rainfall within mere hours in some areas of the state, prompting water evacuations and washing out roadways and bridges.

Videos showed cars nearly submerged at the campground and one story homes turned into islands in the floodwaters from the South Yadkin River near the campground.

One of the structures was submerged nearly up to its roof and others saw waters up to their windows. Debris ranging from campers to sheds floated down the swollen river.

Swiftwater rescue personnel evacuated at least 31 people from the campground on Thursday morning, but five people were reported missing, four adults and a one-year-old child. By the time rescue personnel ended their search on Thursday, three of the victims had been recovered.

On Friday, Alexander County officials said search and rescue crews found the body of an adult victim at around 11:30 a.m. EST. The body of the infant was found a few hours later, around 4 p.m.. This brings the death toll to five at the campsite.

At least 12 people have been reported dead due to the flooding. In addition to the five victims at the campgrounds, a motorist was killed on Hopewell Church Road in the Vashti community relating to a bridge outage and high water.

A fatality was confirmed by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office in the town of Rolesville, located about 16 miles to the northeast of Raleigh. The body of a juvenile was found after authorities responded to a report of a drowning. The child had reportedly been playing near an overflowed creek, the sheriff’s office said.

The New York Times said two people were killed in Iredell County when their vehicle hydroplaned on Highway 115 and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The two victims, both male, were not wearing seatbelts.

An emergency management spokesperson told the Times that three fatalities were reported elsewhere in the state on Friday. Two people were killed in Rockingham County while another flood-related death was reported in Person County.1/10

Elsewhere in Alexander County, footage surfaced of a roadway collapsing live on-air. Rescue crews also responded to an incident on Thursday where a car had been swept off the road in Morganton, North Carolina.

Hundreds of roadways, including several major interstates, were closed or partially closed for a time.As of Friday morning, the N.C. Department of Transportation reported more than 430 state-maintained road closures,” the governor’s office said.

Damage assessments will be conducted in the coming days to determine if areas qualify for state or federal disaster declarations, officials said.

About 60 miles southeast of the campground, more than 140 people were rescued from a charter school. Video from the Charlotte Fire Department showed cars almost fully submerged in floodwaters in the parking lot of the Corvian Community Elementary School where the evacuations occurred.

We had a number of cars where the water was rising rapidly … we made the call to go ahead and start evacuating the school,” one CFD official told WSOC TV. “At this time, 143 students and staff have been safely evacuated.

Charlotte picked up over 4 inches in about four hours from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk said. “When rain like that comes, the water doesn’t have time to soak into the ground and just runs off and pools and can cause streams and rivers to quickly rise and breach their banks,” he said.

Deep moisture, some of which broke away from Eta, has combined with a front to bring heavy rain and flooding, Houk added.

At Charlotte-Douglas Airport, a total of 4.62 inches was measured, setting a new daily record for the city. The previous record for Nov. 12 is 1.78 inches from 2006.

According to WCNC in Charlotte, the rain also set a new all-time monthly record for the wettest day, breaking the previous record of 3.26 inches from November 1985. It is also the 13th wettest day on record for Charlotte, according to the news station.

For comparison, Charlotte typically receives about 3.14 inches on average during the month of November.

A 36-hour rainfall amount of 9.82 inches was measured at Rocky Mount–Wilson Regional Airport by 7 p.m. Thursday. The airport is located about 50 miles east of Raleigh. More than 5.2 inches fell at Winston-Salem’s Smith Reynolds Airport.

Flash flood warnings and watches stretched from South Carolina to Maryland’s Eastern Shore Thursday morning, but for one part of the Carolinas, the most severe flood warning was issued.

Flash flood warnings and areal flood warnings (bright green) were in effect for much of North Carolina through Thursday morning. Flash flood watches (dark green) were issued for other areas.

A flash flood emergency was ordered for Hickory, Newton and Conover, North Carolina, located in the west-central part of the state, and home to a population of more than 150,000. The emergency expired after 9:15 a.m.

Emergency management reported at least 20 roads closed due to flooding in the area of the flash flood emergency.

Move to higher ground now! This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order,” the NWS said when it issued the emergency.

Officials also warned of rising river levels, including several that were forecast to reach major flood stage.

Major flooding is forecast along the Neuse River and Contentnea Creek and moderate flooding is forecast along the Cashie, Dan, Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear, Lumber, Tar, South Fork Catawba, Yadkin and South Yadkin Rivers,” the governor’s office said Friday.

Major river and creek flooding was already reported in spots across North Carolina Thursday. The Catawaba River at Lookout Shoals Dam passed major flood stage of 106 feet and was as high as 108.3 feet Thursday afternoon. It was still shy of the record height of 114 feet set on Aug. 30, 1940.

Another flash flood emergency was issued at noon and was in effect until 5 p.m. for the area around Lookout Shoals Lake, which is about 50 miles to the northwest of Charlotte.

After the drenching storm system moves out, drier conditions are forecast to persist for the Southeast on Saturday, which should benefit ongoing cleanup efforts.

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  1. Green tea, honey, black seed validated as COVID-19 cures
    *HerbFEST explores herbal medicine, dietary supplements for treatment of coronavirus
    *Severe COVID-19 associated with age, body mass index, ABO blood group in clinical trials
    *Lemon juice, palm oil protect against alcohol-induced liver damage in animal, human models
    *Fresh chili pepper extract reduces risk of cardiovascular disease in adults death by 26%

    Scientists have recorded more breakthroughs in the search for natural cures for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Top on the list is that a combination of honey and black seed helped with symptoms alleviation and viral clearance and reduced mortality in patients with moderate and severe coronavirus disease.

    Also, studies have shown that gargling with green tea extracts, or plant juices can lower flu infections and viral symptoms. Similarly, chokeberry or pomegranate juices could be used against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19, in addition to teas.

    Researchers also found that lemon juice and palm oil extract could prevent and treat liver damage from excessive alcohol consumption even as chili pepper could reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 26 per cent.

    Meanwhile, German researchers have established the association between severe respiratory infection caused by SARS CoV-2 and factors such as age, body mass index (BMI) and ABO blood group.

    Also, Nigerian researchers at an online event to celebrate the 11th anniversary of HerbFEST (a herb and natural expo), on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, brainstormed on herbal medicine and dietary supplements for the treatment of COVID-19. They also examined COVID-19 as challenge for modern medicine; IHP Detox as a Nigerian herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19; immunotherapy in the management of viral infections; and Artemisinin as possible therapy in COVID-19.

    The Nigerian scientists that made presentations during the online event include: Founder, Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme (BDCP), Prof. Maurice Iwu; a professor of pharmacognosy at University of Lagos (UNILAG), Olukemi Odukoya; former Director General of the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) Lagos, Dr. Tamuno Ibuomi Okujagu; a professor of pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri,

    Isa Marte Hussaini; and a researcher at the Biomedicine Research Group and Effective Care Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Dr. George Uchenna Eleje; and Prof. Martins Emeje of the Nigerian Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).

    The scientists validated local plants and dietary supplements such as guava (Psidium guajava), bitter kola, garlic, ginger, onions, black seed (Nigella sativa), honey, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 among others for the treatment of COVID-19.

    Indeed, a team of researchers from various institutes across Pakistan, Chile, Canada, and the United State of America (USA) recently conducted a clinical trial to investigate the potential effectiveness of a combination of honey and black seed/Nigella sativa (HNS) in treating COVID-19 patients.

    Their study was published on the preprint server of the journal medRxiv prior to the scientific peer review process. Since previous studies show that both components of HNS have proven anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and immune-modulatory effects, the researchers wanted to assess the efficacy of HNS in fighting COVID-19.
    for full article please visit
    https://guardian.ng/features/health/green-tea-honey-black-seed-validated-as-covid-19-cures/

    I am not a Doctor or a Nurse please always consult your Doctor
    Disclaimer Always Apply
    Mohsen Int Journalist

  2. Could mRNA COVID-19 vaccines be dangerous in the long-term?
    ‘There is a race to get the public vaccinated, so we are willing to take more risk.’
    By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN NOVEMBER 17, 2020 07:10
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    Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative) (photo credit: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS)
    Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative)
    (photo credit: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS)
    Israelis celebrated on Friday when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the country had signed a deal with Pfizer Inc. to buy its novel coronavirus vaccine. But the fact remains that if Pfizer succeeds – or Moderna, with whom Israel also has a contract – these will be the first-ever messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines brought to market for human patients.
    In order to receive Food and Drug Administration approval, the companies will have to prove there are no immediate or short-term negative health effects from taking the vaccines. But when the world begins inoculating itself with these completely new and revolutionary vaccines, it will know virtually nothing about their long-term effects.
    “There is a race to get the public vaccinated, so we are willing to take more risks,” Tal Brosh, head of the Infectious Disease Unit at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital, told The Jerusalem Post.
    When Moderna was just finishing its Phase I trial, The Independent wrote about the vaccine and described it this way: “It uses a sequence of genetic RNA material produced in a lab that, when injected into your body, must invade your cells and hijack your cells’ protein-making machinery called ribosomes to produce the viral components that subsequently train your immune system to fight the virus.”
    “In this case, Moderna’s mRNA-1273 is programmed to make your cells produce the coronavirus’ infamous coronavirus spike protein that gives the virus its crown-like appearance (corona is crown in Latin) for which it is named,” wrote The Independent.
    Brosh said that this does not mean the vaccine changes people’s genetic code. Rather, he said it is more like a USB device (the mRNA) that is inserted into a computer (your body). It does not impact the hard drive of the computer but runs a certain program.
    But he acknowledged that there are unique and unknown risks to messenger RNA vaccines, including local and systemic inflammatory responses that could lead to autoimmune conditions.
    An article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Institutes of Health, said other risks include the bio-distribution and persistence of the induced immunogen expression; possible development of auto-reactive antibodies; and toxic effects of any non-native nucleotides and delivery system components.
    Brosh compared the mRNA vaccine to traditional vaccines, such as those for influenza, which use an inactivated virus that was destroyed by heat or chemicals to elicit an immune response without infecting the recipient. Others, such as for measles or mumps, use a weakened virus that is unable to hurt you but can still train your immune system to fight it.
    Oxford University’s AstraZeneca, the Russian’s Sputnik V and the Israel Institute for Biological Research’s Brilife are all based on more traditional technologies.
    Please see Kate Shemirani latest on vaccines make you shock?
    Mohsen BC Int Journalist

  3. Could mRNA COVID-19 vaccines be dangerous in the long-term?
    ‘There is a race to get the public vaccinated, so we are willing to take more risk.’
    By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN NOVEMBER 17, 2020 07:10
    Email Twitter Facebook fb-messenger
    Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative) (photo credit: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS)
    Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative)
    (photo credit: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS)
    Israelis celebrated on Friday when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the country had signed a deal with Pfizer Inc. to buy its novel coronavirus vaccine. But the fact remains that if Pfizer succeeds – or Moderna, with whom Israel also has a contract – these will be the first-ever messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines brought to market for human patients.
    In order to receive Food and Drug Administration approval, the companies will have to prove there are no immediate or short-term negative health effects from taking the vaccines. But when the world begins inoculating itself with these completely new and revolutionary vaccines, it will know virtually nothing about their long-term effects.
    “There is a race to get the public vaccinated, so we are willing to take more risks,” Tal Brosh, head of the Infectious Disease Unit at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital, told The Jerusalem Post.
    When Moderna was just finishing its Phase I trial, The Independent wrote about the vaccine and described it this way: “It uses a sequence of genetic RNA material produced in a lab that, when injected into your body, must invade your cells and hijack your cells’ protein-making machinery called ribosomes to produce the viral components that subsequently train your immune system to fight the virus.”
    “In this case, Moderna’s mRNA-1273 is programmed to make your cells produce the coronavirus’ infamous coronavirus spike protein that gives the virus its crown-like appearance (corona is crown in Latin) for which it is named,” wrote The Independent.
    Brosh said that this does not mean the vaccine changes people’s genetic code. Rather, he said it is more like a USB device (the mRNA) that is inserted into a computer (your body). It does not impact the hard drive of the computer but runs a certain program.
    But he acknowledged that there are unique and unknown risks to messenger RNA vaccines, including local and systemic inflammatory responses that could lead to autoimmune conditions.
    An article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Institutes of Health, said other risks include the bio-distribution and persistence of the induced immunogen expression; possible development of auto-reactive antibodies; and toxic effects of any non-native nucleotides and delivery system components.
    Brosh compared the mRNA vaccine to traditional vaccines, such as those for influenza, which use an inactivated virus that was destroyed by heat or chemicals to elicit an immune response without infecting the recipient. Others, such as for measles or mumps, use a weakened virus that is unable to hurt you but can still train your immune system to fight it.
    Oxford University’s AstraZeneca, the Russian’s Sputnik V and the Israel Institute for Biological Research’s Brilife are all based on more traditional technologies.
    Please see Kate Shemirani latest on vaccines make you sjhock?
    Mohsen BC Int Journalist

  4. PYRA that is means our Pr Donald Trumpwas in a big trouble when caught COVID 20 so we prayed for him globally he was cured. So PYRA are you telling us 500 patients in Iran dies every day from COVID 19 is BS? OR AI is BS with all of people of world? Please answer me.
    Mohsen BC Journalist

  5. Here’s Where You Can No Longer Get An ICU Bed Because Of Covid
    Some U.S. cities have now run out of space in their ICUs, with many more on the brink of being overwhelmed as Covid hospitalizations keep skyrocketing to new national records on a daily basis.
    Key Facts

    Jackson, Mississippi—the state’s capital—has “zero” ICU beds available, while the rest of the state has “very few,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said.

    Tulsa health officials announced Tuesday night that the city had run out of ICU beds.

    St. Louis hospitals are so overwhelmed they’re reportedly having to turn away some patients.

    In North Dakota, nurses are being allowed to continue working in certain cases even if they are Covid-positive, as Gov. Doug Burgum (R) has warned that the state’s healthcare system could soon be pushed beyond its limits.

    A field hospital has been set up for surge capacity in Wisconsin, with Massachusetts planning to reopen one in December, and $10 million going toward converting a parking garage in Reno, Nevada, into a Covid unit.

    Vineet Arora, a hospital expert at the University of Chicago, warns that Illinois is “dangerously close” to exceeding capacity, telling NPR that ICUs will run out of space by Thanksgiving.
    What To Watch For

    Several other places around the country—like Kansas City and Rochester, New York—are also pushing the limits of their health care capacity. In South Dakota, a health official told NPR that it’s “a possibility” the state would follow North Dakota in taking the exceptional step of allowing nurses with Covid to work in Covid units at hospitals and nursing homes, provided they are asymptomatic. That’s a step Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, Associate Dean of Global Health at UC San Diego and author of “The Perfect Predator,” told Forbes earlier this week was “crazy” for North Dakota to take. Another looming problem could be a lack of nurses nationwide. During the spring surge, scores of health workers flocked to New York, which was the hardest-hit city in the country. But the crisis now is nationwide, meaning there could be competition for health workers in many places.
    Key Background

    The U.S. has set a new record for hospitalizations for four-straight days, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, and the trend seems to only be accelerating. Significantly adding to the problem is that new cases are also not only increasing, but constantly increasing at a faster pace, as well. The U.S. added more than 180,000 new cases on Friday, again setting a new record, which keeps getting broken day after day. Just 10 days earlier, the U.S. had never topped 94,000 cases in a single day. And before the fall surge, the daily case record stood at just over 75,000. Hospitalizations stood at 68,516 on Friday, according to The COVID Tracking Project. Deaths, which lag behind increases in cases and then hospitalizations, have been on a steady rise since mid-October. The U.S. is now averaging more than 1,000 Covid deaths a day.
    Tangent

    El Paso, Texas, is dealing with an even more grim problem than hospitals reaching capacity—the city has run out of morgue space.
    Further Reading

    Tulsa Has Run Out Of ICU Beds And El Paso Is Out Of Morgue Space—Here’s The Latest Grim Toll Of Covid (Forbes)

    Covid-Positive Nurses Allowed To Keep Working In North Dakota Amid Staffing Crisis (Forbes)

    COVID-19 Hospitalizations Surge In Dakotas: ‘It’s Like We Opened Up A Spigot’ (NPR)

    Another Grim New Record: U.S. Tops 180,000 New Infections Friday, Covid Cases Rising In All 50 States (Forbes)

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    • It’s all bullsh**, Mohsen. Seriously, this whole COVID19 thing is pure fabrication cut from whole cloth.
      There is a certain city nearby me that claims a ‘civil emergency’ because “50%” of the city population is ‘infected’ with covid. Amazingly, when asking people who live in said city how many people they know who have covid, they say maybe one or nobody they know has it. Most people out here in the country ALSO are not going to get tested anyways. We know the tests are MOAR BULLSH**. Who takes this seriously anymore besides mindless zombies?

      Don’t drink their koolaid. They are known liars, Mohsen.

  6. Better get the Cajun Navy out there. That’s looking very bad. Been in floods. Sucks ass.

    Praying for you folks, and the pets.

  7. We are more in deep problems. We feel sorry USA must go through a lot of disaters and yet North West of USA is waiting for
    mother of quakes? We need to be appreciate of each others more as American , and value all Americans . Differences always be there and what can we do heal the USA.
    Rigged

    After weeks of campaigning, Mulla Nasruddin was infuriated to learn that he had been defeated in the local election. He challenged the results and demanded a recount.

    “This election was rigged!” he said to a reporter for the newspaper. “These results say I only got four votes, and I know my friend voted for me fifteen times!”

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