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USCG rescues more than 400 residents

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From staff reports

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

US Coast Guard crews have rescued more than 400 people in the days since Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday. 

In a news release Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard reported its air and surface crews had rescued 434 people, along with 234 pets, in southeastern North Carolina since Friday. Additionally, 17 medical personnel were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington by an Elizabeth City-based Coast Guard air crew. The medical personnel were unable to reach the hospital because of flooding, according to the Coast Guard. 

The Coast Guard has deployed more than 3,000 members to North Carolina to assist in rescue operations. That includes 35 shallow-water response boat crews, which have cleared 565 miles of state roads, according to the Coast Guard.  

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