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Typhoon Mangkhut, Hurricane Florence are deadly

Having killed more than three dozen people in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut hit South China and killed some more; in the Carolinas, the death toll from Hurricane Florence was at least 16, as the situation continued to deteriorate Sunday, the New York Times reports:

The perils stretched across North Carolina’s more than 500-mile width. Weary, drenched coastal cities were scenes of daring rescues. Waterways swelled throughout the eastern and central parts of the state, testing dams and menacing towns with floodwaters that had no place to go but up. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina’s western mountains feared landslides.

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Gov Roy Cooper of North Carolina said Sunday, after the storm had been downgraded to a tropical depression, that it had “never been more dangerous than it is right now.”

Those who would like to help are urged to keep in mind that sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help. You can make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross by texting “RED CROSS” to 90999. Former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, has set up a microsite to help direct your donations to reputable agencies and organizations working with the people in North Carolina.

“The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet,” Mr Jordan said in a statement released jointly by the Hornets and the NBA.

Meanwhile, efforts in China include the evacuation of millions of people, as Typhoon Mangkhut brought its deadly storms after leaving Hong Kong in tatters, CNN reports.

The tatters include a building that used to be a school in the Hong Kong village of Shek O. The CNN report showed the building’s boards in disarray on the ground. Schools in North Carolina are mostly closed, but some are open.

For example, Wake County is keeping schools closed on Monday in Raleigh, but public schools in nearby Durham will be open, the Durham Herald-Sun reported.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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