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A Renowned Home, Prone to Flooding, Tests the Ingenuity of Engineers

Perhaps the most unusual project to protect an important building from rising water involves a structure far from the coast: Farnsworth House, a glass-walled midcentury gem in Plano, Ill.

The house was designed and built in 1951 by the modernist pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe on a site near — but, it was thought, not too near — the Fox River. In recent years, however, the house has been repeatedly threatened by river floods, and so the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which owns it, commissioned the Boston engineering firm Silman to design a solution.

In a preliminary report presented to the trust in 2015, the team described the approaches it had considered but rejected.

One was simply moving the house to a drier site. But that “would change the entire dynamic,” said Ben Rosenberg, Silman’s principal in charge of the project. Visitors should experience the house, he added, “in terms of its site and topographical relation to the river.”

The team also considered putting some kind of balloon device under the house, or constructing an inflatable barrier around it. But those devices would not necessarily defend the structure against rushing water or debris, Mr. Rosenberg said.

“The option we landed on, which we are now in the process of designing, is to install a pit underneath the house in its present location, and place the house on a platform that is hydraulically lifted up and down” by machinery installed in the pit, Mr. Rosenberg said. “The flood happens under the house.”

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The house will have to be moved off site while the apparatus is built, but once it is back in place, “no one knows the difference,” he said. The hydraulic mechanism would be hidden underground, except when it operates to lift the house above water.

Mr. Rosenberg said work on the project design is nearing completion. “Nothing like this has ever been done before,” he said, adding that the National Trust must give final approval for the work. But, he said, “the buy-in is already there for the concept.”

He said people who care about the house see the proposal as a way to protect the building while interfering with it “as minimally as possible.”

Anyway, he added, “these buildings obviously live in the real world, in an environment that can change around them. If they don’t adapt, the result is worse.”






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Over a foot of rain falls in South as severe weather heads toward East Coast

A storm system plaguing parts of the southern U.S. for almost a week brought nearly 13 inches of rain to southern Mississippi on Saturday, causing widespread flash flooding and prompting a flash flood emergency on Saturday evening.

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Six states have seen locations with over 6 inches of rain in the last week: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi.

There were also at least 47 reports of severe weather from Louisiana to Virginia, including two reported tornadoes in the latter.

Thunderstorms are firing up along the tail end of the storm system on Sunday morning. That means there is the possibility for an additional 3 to 5 inches of rainfall during the morning in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and extreme western Florida.

There are still flash flood watches issued for parts of the Gulf, and new flash flood watches are being issued now for parts of the Mid-Atlantic as well, as this slow-moving storm system finally reaches the East Coast. As the storm moves east, it will interact with another developing storm system — although faster and weaker.

Later Sunday, severe storms will likely fire up from Alabama to Virginia, including parts of the Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, metro areas. Damaging winds and some hail are the main risk. Brief tornadoes are possible, though unlikely given the atmospheric conditions. However, any slow-moving thunderstorm could produce flash flooding.

Severe storm activity will reach the East Coast by Sunday night, with some gusty thunderstorms possible in parts of Charleston, South Carolina, and Raleigh. Meanwhile, unsettled weather will begin moving through parts of the Midwest with rain from Chicago to Erie, Pennsylvania.

By Monday morning, this new storm system will begin to interact with the slow-moving storm departing the East Coast and expand the rainfall across parts of the Northeast and New England.

Pockets of heavy rain, with some areas of gusty winds, will develop on Monday across the Northeast. Locally heavy rainfall will cause flash flooding in parts of the region through Monday night.

A large area of the East Coast seeing 1 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday, with a couple of pockets of heavier rainfall. The main concern is for more rainfall on the Gulf Coast, where 3 to 4 inches of additional rain is possible, and areas of the interior Northeast, where 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall in the hillier terrain of the Appalachians.


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Day after tornado outbreak, more severe weather threatens Texas, Oklahoma

A very slow-moving set of storm systems continues to pummel the central U.S. with severe storms and flooding rain on Wednesday morning.

A tornado outbreak triggered 25 tornadoes on Tuesday across five states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.

Overall, there were 73 damaging storm reports in the last 24 hours from Texas to Illinois with large hail in Illinois, damaging winds up to 65 mph in Oklahoma and heavy rain that caused flooding in Davenport, Iowa.

The complex storm system is nearly stationary early Wednesday, stretching from the Great Lakes all the way west into the Rockies. Eight states are under flood alerts from Texas to Michigan.

Severe storms will fire up from Texas to Oklahoma and into Arkansas and Louisiana heading into the afternoon and evening hours.

The bull’s-eye will be right over northern Texas — from Dallas to Abilene — where we could see a few tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.

With this complex of storm systems not moving much, more rain is expected to fall on already saturated ground from Texas into the Midwest.

Locally, half a foot of rain is possible in northern Texas and into Arkansas. Flash flooding is expected again Wednesday.


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Storm that drenched the South moving into Northeast for weekend

There are seven states under flood or snow and ice alerts on Friday morning, including Oklahoma City and Atlanta, as a storm that brought record snowfall targets the Northeast with heavy rain over the weekend.

Record snowfall was reported in Oklahoma City (4.5 inches) and Wichita Falls, Texas (2.5 inches), on Thursday.

On the warm side of the storm, heavy rain fell in parts of southeastern Texas and into the Gulf Coast states Thursday, producing flash flooding.

The center of the storm is located in the Mississippi Valley on Friday morning and is spreading heavy rain into Atlanta and parts of the Southeast.

The wintry mix of snow and freezing rain is finally ending in the Southern Plains, but slick roads will remain through Friday morning and possibly the rest of the day and into the night as refreezing occurs.

The center of the storm moves into the Ohio Valley by Friday night, bringing heavy rain to the Carolinas.

Rain will begin in Washington, D.C., around 6 p.m. and will get heavier Friday night. Rain will begin in New York City around midnight and get heavy on Saturday morning.

Saturday will be a rainy day in the Northeast, with some areas getting heavy precipitation, but only minor flooding is expected.

The center of the storm will be located just south of Long Island by Saturday evening and moderate to heavy rain will continue from New York City to southern New England.

The storm system finally moves away from the East Coast Saturday night and things should dry out for Sunday. Some areas on the East Coast could see 1 to 2 inches of rain, with even more possible locally.

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Boca Juniors fans flood streets to see team off ahead of Copa Libertadores final with incredible fireworks display

The South American showdown has been rocked with controversy for the past fortnight with violence bringing shame on Argentina.



The second-leg of the final was set to be played on November 24 but was postponed after River Plate fans attacked Boca's bus with rocks and bottles.

Players were seriously hurt and even struggled to breathe due to the police's use of tear gas.

But the game is set to be played in Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium on Sunday, despite objections from opponents River Plate.

And Boca supporters flooded the street to give their side a send-off as they prepare for the all-important second leg, having drawn the first 2-2.




As the team bus made its way down the road – flanked by a sea of blue and yellow – supporters launched fireworks and chanted as their heroes made their way to the airport.

On the other hand, River Plate have been slapped with a fine and given a two-match stadium ban for their fans' abhorrent behaviour.

As well as attacking Boca's team bus, a River-supporting woman was arrested for strapping flares to her son's chest in a bid to sneak them into the stadium.

River fans were also filmed brutally kicking and beating a pig dressed in Boca colours in a sickening stunt.



So bad was the violence from River Plate fans, Boca Juniors have spent much of the past fortnight pushing for their disqualification from the tournament.

Boca were on the receiving end of the very same treatment for the 2015 final – and had expected their opponents would be dealt with similarly.

However, with the game scheduled to go ahead, the venue was moved out of South America and into Europe.

With the clash pencilled in for the world-famous Bernabeu, River recently issued a statement refusing to play there.

While the situation is not yet finalised, it is expected the match will finally go ahead, despite the club's protestations.

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Dynasties viewers flood Twitter after BBC break ‘never interfere’ rule

‘You are amazing humans!’ Dynasties fans heap praise on BBC film crew that came to the rescue of penguins trapped in an icy ravine after a storm in ‘heartbreaking’ scenes on the show

  • David Attenborough’s latest wildlife programme Dynasties aired Sunday night
  • BBC crew followed colony of penguins battling Antarctica’s harsh -60C winter 
  • Viewers took to Twitter to express distress at group of abandoned chicks
  • Crew intervened to save them, gathering praise from relieved viewers online 

Viewers have heaped praise on BBC film crew after they intervened when a colony of emperor penguins were left stranded in an icy ravine in a blizzard on Sunday night’s episode of Dynasties.

The second episode of the wildlife series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, followed the birds as they battled a harsh winter in Antartica’s Atka Bay.

In a particularly heartbreaking scene the crew caught the moment a group of birds had fallen over the edge of a chasm after a white-out, and were left trapped with their young in bitter -60C (-76F) conditions.

Horrified viewers watched as one bird was forced to abandon her chick who couldn’t make it out of the steep ravine, and took to Twitter to share their heartbreak over the traumatic scenes.

Upon returning when conditions had cleared a few days later to find the penguins still trapped, the BBC crew ultimately decided to break its ‘never interfere’ rule to offer the birds some help, building an escape ramp by fashioning some ‘steps’ in the snow’ that the remaining birds could use to clamber to safety. 

Viewers were thrilled to see the penguins using the ramp to make their way out of the ravine, with one calling it a ‘special moment in wildlife filming’. 

Viewers have heaped praise on BBC film crew after they intervened when a colony of emperor penguins were left stranded in an icy ravine in a blizzard on Sunday night’s episode of wildlife show Dynasties

After the BBC crew decided to save the penguins, relieved viewers quickly flooded the social network to praise the scenes, which will undoubtedly make for some of the most heart-warming TV of the year

Earlier in the episode viewers had taken to Twitter to share their distress over the scenes, urging the crew to intervene.

One viewer wrote: ‘I’m sorry but if I were a camera man on Dynasties – I wouldn’t care for letting nature ‘take it’s course’. 


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‘I’d run head first into that snow storm to rescue that abandoned penguin chick. Heart broke watching it tumble down like that’.

Another emotional viewer added: ‘Right, that’s it. That baby penguin failing to climb out of the icy ravine after being abandoned by its mother has just finished me off. I’m phoning in sick at work, tomorrow.’

Heartbroken viewers of BBC wildlife series Dynasties took to Twitter to express their distress at scenes which showed abandoned penguin chicks, before the crew stepped into save them

Another viewer wrote online: You’d have to be hard as nails to work on Dynasties – imagine having to resist saving those baby Penguins’.

The scenes drove many to tears, with one distressed man tweeting: ‘I’m a 23 year old man sat crying at penguins. Madness.’

Elsewhere one mother admitted: ‘We totally had to pretend to the youngest that the mum penguin who made it out of the ravine with her baby was the same mum as the one who abandoned her chick, and she’d just realised her terrible mistake and gone back for him’.

Horrified viewers watched as one bird was forced to abandon her chick who couldn’t make it out of the steep ravine, and took to Twitter to share their heartbreak over the traumatic scenes.

One viewer wrote: ‘I’m sorry but if I were a camera man on Dynasties- I wouldn’t care for letting nature ‘take it’s course’

And another emotional woman wrote: ‘Not okay with that Mam penguin leaving that poor little chick in the ravine to freeze. Don’t know how the camera people didn’t go and scoop it out and take it back to its Mam (sic)’.

But it proved to be a rollercoaster of emotions for viewers, as the BBC crew decided to act after returning for filming days later to find some penguins had perished.

In an unprecedented move the crew, who spent 337 days on the icy continent, working in -60C temperatures and 100kph plus winds, took a ‘unanimous’ decision to dig an escape ramp in deadly cold temperatures to save them.

And relieved viewers quickly flooded the social network to praise the scenes, which will undoubtedly make for some of the most heart-warming TV of the year.

‘They saved some of the baby penguins not everything is terrible!’ one relieved viewer wrote.

But it proved too much for some, with one distressed man tweeting: ‘I’m a 23 year old man sat crying at penguins. Madness.’

Another added: ‘Dynasties amazing. The crew saving the penguins will go down as a special moment in wildlife filming.’

‘Three cheers to the camera crew for digging a little ramp to save those penguins and their babies!’

‘Remarkable work all round, but extra thanks for giving nature a tiny helping hand. We need to give nature all the helping hands we can,’ another added.

Defending their move, another wrote: ‘So glad the crew decided to act and save the penguins in the ravine. There’s always the “don’t interfere with nature” argument, but humanity does plenty to destroy it, so we can also give a helping hand if opportunity presents’.

But it proved to be a rollercoaster of emotions for viewers, as the BBC crew decided to act after returning for filming days later to find some penguins had perished

Director Lawson said: ‘We opted to intervene passively. Once we’d dug that little ramp, which took very little time, we left it to the birds. We were elated when they decided to use it.

In an unprecedented move the crew, who spent 337 days on the icy continent, working in -60C temperatures and 100kph plus winds, took a ‘unanimous’ decision to dig an escape ramp in deadly cold temperatures to save them

Another emotional viewer concluded: ‘Emotionally drained – stuffed nose from blubbing over Emperor Penguin chicks in danger – but as ever, total brilliance & dedication from the filmmakers’.

Speaking to The Times, Director Lawson said: ‘We opted to intervene passively. Once we’d dug that little ramp, which took very little time, we left it to the birds. We were elated when they decided to use it.

‘There’s no rule book in those situations. You can only respond to the facts that are right there in front of you.

‘As you can imagine, we only show a fraction of the real trauma and difficulty that the animals go through – it was a very hard thing to see.’

Defending their move, another wrote: ‘So glad the crew decided to act and save the penguins in the ravine. There’s always the “don’t interfere with nature” argument, but humanity does plenty to destroy it, so we can also give a helping hand if opportunity presents’

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Flood chaos leaves thousands without power and homes under water

Flood chaos leaves thousands without power and homes under water after heavy rain lashes west of Britain – but mild week with 60F highs lies ahead

  • The Met Office issued a warning yesterday as floodings and gale-force winds hit parts of England and Wales
  • Some homes in the Lower Priory area of Milford Haven, Wales, were under 10ft of water and people evacuated
  • Meanwhile in Dawlish, Devon, high tide and strong winds caused sea waters to rise and  flood the train tracks

Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office as gale-force winds and heavy rain brought flooding to parts of England and Wales, closing a train line, submerging homes and cutting off power for thousands of properties.

Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire in Wales saw the worst of the weather with some homes at the Lower Priory area of Milford Haven under 10ft of water and many properties being evacuated as more than an inch of rain fell during the day. 

As emergency services tried to ease the flooding more than 1,000 properties were also left without power as thundery showers and wind brought flooding and travel disruption across the country.

Weather warnings were issued by the Met Office as gale-force winds and heavy rain brought flooding to parts of England and Wales. Pictured: Flooding in Milford Haven, Wales, sees car being overturned due to rising waters

Emergency services were seen in Milford Haven after some homes were left under 10ft of water causing many properties to be evacuated 

In Devon a combination of high tide and strong winds in Dawlish caused the sea to flood train tracks, while Western Power Distribution said it had 2,500 customers ‘off supply’ on Friday evening.

More than 10 flood warnings and around 60 flood alerts were issued across the south west of England and Wales with an amber warning for heavy rain in place until 11pm last night.  


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The inclement weather is expected to continue into the early hours of Saturday, which will be wet and windy across large parts of the country.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: ‘It’s going to be a breezy day for most places with showers around for the South and West.

As rescue workers tried to manage the flooding more than 1,000 properties were also left without power as thundery showers and wind brought swept the area

As a result of the flooding in Wales fire crews have been pumping water into Milford Haven marina to reduce flooding levels

‘We could get spells of more regular showers pushing westwards during the day, reaching central parts in the afternoon.

‘Those showers could be heavy with a bit of thunder mixed in and possibly some hail.


Following the floods in South West Wales the Met Office issued an amber flood warning showing risk of further flooding

‘The north-east of England and Scotland could stay dry.’    

During the day, temperatures are expected to remain a few degrees above average for the time of year, although the wet and windy weather will likely make it feel cooler.

Meanwhile lows of minus 1C (30F) or minus 2C (28F) could be seen in parts of Northern Ireland and sheltered glens in Scotland.

Wind speeds hit 68mph at Culdrose in Cornwall on Friday afternoon, while they were still gusting at up to 66mph in the evening.

Images from Dawlish station showed water pouring over the seaside platform and on to tracks ahead of high tide shortly before midnight.

The floodings and weather warnings issued by the Met Office come just four weeks after Storm Callum hit parts of South Wales

In Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, streets and homes were flooded as the region saw a second day of heavy rain.

BBC Wales reported five properties had been left under tenft of water after a lake overflowed.

A localised yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for area for most of Saturday.

The weather warnings come just four weeks after Storm Callum caused flooding across parts of south Wales.

 

 

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Flooding concerns stretch into another day in central Texas

Rain hasn’t stopped all week in Texas and flooding concerns are stretching into another day in center of the state.

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The Colorado River, near Lake Travis outside of Austin, is still in a major flood stage, and will continue to be, according to the National Weather Service.

The Trinity River north of Houston will continue to rise and be in a major flood stage this weekend.

Unfortunately, more rain is in the forecast for central Texas. Flood watches and warnings remain in place for central and northern Texas on Thursday due to more rain in the forecast.

Central and northern Texas could see as much as 4 inches of additional rain through Saturday.

Coldest air of the season

The coldest air of the season has arrived in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley.

Frost and freeze alerts stretch over 17 states from Missouri to Vermont on Thursday morning.

Not only is it chilly Thursday morning, but it is also windy in the Northeast. The wind chill temperatures are dropping into the 10s and 20s for some regions.

Another blast of cold air is on the way this weekend for the Midwest and the Northeast. The coldest air mass will arrive in the Midwest on Saturday and Sunday and move into the Northeast on Sunday into Monday.

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More flooding likely in Texas as record rains continue to fall

A weather pattern stalled over Texas has produced the worst flash flooding since 1935 in Llano County in the central part of the state. The area got as much as 13.24 inches of rain in just the past two days.

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The Llano River rose from about 10 feet to nearly 40 feet in less than 24 hours.

Also, Dallas broke the record for the wettest autumn on record — just halfway into the season. The city has received almost 2 feet of rain so far this fall.

More rain is on the way for Texas on Wednesday and Thursday as flood watches and warnings remain in place for a large part of Texas.

Some areas could see an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain in the next several days.

Cold weather moves in

The coldest air of this fall season so far will move into the Northeast on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Widespread frost and freeze are expected along the I-95 corridor and 13 states from Missouri to Massachusetts are under alerts for one of the two.

As the cold air moves in, a combination of chilly temperatures and gusty winds from 20 to 40 mph will bring the wind chills down into the 10s and 20s for some areas.

Another, even colder, blast is forecast for this weekend into early next week.

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At least 1 dead in Texas flooding that caused bridge collapse

Massive floods swept through Central Texas on Tuesday, and rushing waters are expected to rise overnight and into Wednesday morning.

But despite flood operations in several counties already being in place in anticipation of more swift and high waters, the damage, it seems, has already begun.

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tom Dillard reported an unidentified body that was found in the Colorado River but could not provide more information.

Across the Colorado River, the Llano River experienced major historic flooding, with waters rising to just under 40 feet on Tuesday morning. The catastrophic waters rose so high, in fact, that they caused a traffic bridge to collapse.

Llano County emergency management coordinator Ron Anderson reported roughly 105 people being evacuated on Tuesday.

The Llano County Office of Emergency Management is warning residents of hazardous conditions, especially on the roads, and officials told residents to stay off the road if they could.

“One inch of rain can produce a flooded roadway within minutes,” Ron Anderson, Llano County emergency management coordinator, told ABC News affiliate KVUE in Austin. “Any rain that falls right now, it’s pretty much running off into the creeks, streams, roadways, causing flash flooding and river flooding.”

As flash flooding can occur instantly, Anderson said their biggest concern is people traveling around road barriers.

“People can be swept off the road, out of their cars, or just people standing by trying to sightsee can often find themselves in trouble a lot faster than they imagine that they would.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center to be ready to respond to severe weather and flooding on Tuesday morning.

“When severe weather strikes, Texas will ensure our responders and local officials have what they need to respond and protect those in harm’s way,” Abbott said in a statement.

He added, “I also urge all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials.”

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How to help those affected by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 1969, and the third most powerful on record for the country.

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Approximately 20 million people are either under a warning or watch for hurricane, flooding or tornadoes as a result of the massive storm, according to ABC News contributor Tom Bossert, former Homeland Security Adviser to President Donald Trump. Many have also already experienced the storm’s fury.

As the rest of the country watches the storm inundate the Southeast, it can be difficult to navigate the slew of humanitarian organizations and charity networks out there that are promising relief and aid for those impacted by the storm.

Below is a roundup of just some of the groups currently on the ground responding to areas impacted by Michael that have been approved by the nonprofit group Charity Navigator as highly-rated organizations.

The American Red Cross

Just weeks after responding to the devastation of Hurricane Florence, folks at the American Red Cross are preparing to provide relief to those in the path of Michael, especially those who have been forced to evacuate their homes as the storm hits.

“The Red Cross is working closely with state and local authorities in Florida, Alabama and Georgia to support evacuation centers for as many as 30,000 people who may need a safe place to stay during the storm,” Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross, said in a statement.

The Red Cross is accepting donations to aid in their relief efforts through telephone, via text, and online. More information can be found here.

The organization is also encouraging those who can to donate blood, writing on their website: “Severe weather events like Hurricanes Florence and Michael often force the cancellation of blood drives and decrease donor turnout in affected areas. To meet the needs in these impacted areas and throughout the country, the Red Cross asks individuals to give blood.”

Americares

The health-focused humanitarian organization Americares is deploying an emergency response team to Florida to respond to Hurricane Michael, they announced today.

“Michael is on track to be a life-threatening hurricane,” Americares Director of Emergency Response Brian Scheel said in a statement today. “Our response team is on the way and ready to meet the health needs in affected communities.”

They are currently accepting donations on their website.

GlobalGiving

The nonprofit crowdfunding organization GlobalGiving, which supports grassroots charity projects on the ground in affected areas, has launched a Hurricane Michael relief fund.

The fund will support immediate relief efforts such as food, water and medicine, but also invest in longer-term recovery projects to help residents rebuild their community after the storm recedes.

Matthew 25: Ministries

The international aid and disaster relief organization Matthew 25: Ministries announced on their Instagram that they are deploying a response team to distribute aid to those impacted by Michael this weekend.

“We are prepared to respond as soon as the path of the storm becomes clear we are able to reconnect with our partners on the ground to ensure they are able to receive supplies,” Matthew 25’s CEO Tim Mettey said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who may be affected by this disaster.”

More information about how to get involved, volunteer or donate can be found on their website.

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Dogs rescued from locked cages in rising Florence floodwaters

A video of the rescue of six North Carolina dogs that were locked in a cage rapidly filling up with Hurricane Florence flood water went viral today on social media.

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In the video, the dogs can be seen panicked, barking and standing on their hind legs against the bars of their cage, trying to get out. The water is nearly up to their heads when they are on all fours. When the rescuers approach them, they wag their tails and paw at the bars.

“They were wet and hungry and very happy to see us,” Ryan Nichols, one of the rescuers, told ABC News.

Nichols said he was with his friend, David Rebollar, trying to help people stranded in a church in the town of Leland, when they heard the dogs barking and found them imprisoned in fast-rising waters.

Their guide in the area, a journalist named Marcus DiPaola, caught on camera the moments that the dogs were released and posted the video on Twitter.

“Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising,” he wrote in the post.

“We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU! #HurricaneFlorence.”

After their release, the dogs can be seen in the video swimming away from the cage, trying to keep their heads above water until they reach higher ground.

Nichols said they reached the backyard of their owner’s house, which was on much higher ground, and which had food for them.

Nichols said a neighbor told the rescuers that the owners were a family with children that may have had a medical situation, and that they fled when the waters began rising.

Nichols and Rebollar, both Texas natives, began rescuing hurricane-affected people with the help of a boat when Harvey hit their state last year. That was when they decided they would try to carry on their rescue work in the future.

“We plan on putting larger teams together to do this in the future for all storms,” Nichols said.

Rebollar is a Marine in the U.S. Navy and Nichols has a business in Houston.

News of another animal rescue mission also caught people’s attention — and gratitude — on social media.

Tony Alsup, a trucker from Tennessee, won hearts on Facebook as he travelled in a giant yellow bus from animal shelter to animal shelter, picking up dogs, cats and other animals that needed to be evacuated from the hurricane’s path.

His motto: “No one left behind.”

“So it begins,” Alsup wrote on his Facebook page on September 11, two days before Florence hit.

“I’m absolutely amazed at the cooperation taking place with the animal rescue groups and individuals…Volunteers are stepping up and reaching out to receive new pets from all over the country.”

With the help of his bus, Alsup rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats from shelters in South Carolina, according to Greenville News.

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NC governor urges residents not to go home: Florence still ‘a dangerous situation’

As North Carolina continued to reel in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence making landfall, Gov. Roy Cooper said first responders were working hard to evacuate people near rivers.

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“This storm is slowly and painfully grinding across our state. Our main worry is water and flooding. With every inch of rain, our rivers rise and we’ll see significant flooding on into next week — could be of historic proportions. … Our No. 1 concern right now is the safety of our people here,” Cooper told ABC News’ David Muir Friday.

Cooper said the state was getting forecasts of rivers being higher than they were during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 when North Carolina saw significant flooding across the state.

At least five fatalities were reported Friday because of Florence, including a mother and infant. Preliminary reports show more than 30 inches of rain in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, according to the U.S Geological Survey. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, this number would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.

“We’re seeing potential for flooding in counties that haven’t seen flooding in recent years and we’re looking at 500- to 1000-year rain and flood events here in North Carolina. Our preparation is now having to turn to determination and we’re going to work hard to recover and recover quickly,” Cooper said. “North Carolinians are resilient and we’re going to pull together and get this thing done.”

He urged residents not to return to their homes to check the damage to their property.

“Stay in place. People are still being rescued in coastal North Carolina. We’ve got a lot of debris, a lot of covered roads, covered with water. (It’s) a dangerous situation here,” Cooper said. “We also are going to have utility companies go out into the field and try to restore power. They’re predicting a potential million to 2.5 million people without power and so that is going to be a painstaking and dangerous process, so I’m telling people to stay where you are. Don’t go back until you get the all-clear.”

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Residents ‘trapped on roofs and in vehicles’ as Hurricane Florence nears coast

First responders in North Carolina are scrambling to rescue residents stranded due to raging flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence.

Officials in New Bern, a coastal town in Craven County, North Carolina, said at least 150 people were “awaiting rescue” early Friday morning as the dangerous hurricane moved ashore, packing 90-mph winds.

“More are on the way to help us,” New Bern officials tweeted early Friday. “You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.”

Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker said the situation was dire in New Bern, which is southeast of Greenville, with some residents were trapped on their roofs.

“I would say certain areas of New Bern are very desperate,” Parker told ABC News on Friday. “There are people that can be trapped in water, in vehicles, on roofs. That’s just the situation for anyone.”

Emergency workers said they’d gotten more than 100 calls from residents in need of assistance, but there was no way to reach everyone immediately.

“They just have to wait until the weather conditions permit them to make it here safely,” Parker said. “I don’t have the follow-up information on all of the calls. There are some that I know we have made it to and others where they’ve been rescued by other agencies or individuals — private citizens who have rescued some people.”

ABC News’ Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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