'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas
'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas
'We just don't want people to think this is over': North Carolina's governor gives a stark warning as Hurricane Florence continues ravaging the state
16 September, 2018, 13:40
"The river is coming up into our property", said Susan Bostic, who lives in Rocky Point, North Carolina.
Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.
State and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, who have been on the ground in North Carolina for several days, already are talking about temporary housing options, state Division of Emergency Management director Mike Sprayberry said. Flash flooding is a threat in those states as well. Floodwaters submerged U.S. Highway 264, cutting off a major route to other flood-prone areas along the river and the adjacent Pamlico Sound. Swansboro, a town near North Carolina's coast, received 30.58 inches of rainfall as of Saturday morning, setting a record for tropical storm-associated rainfall in the state, meteorologist David Roth said. Stormwinds might be dropping, but rivers are rising and the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.
Florence's flooding claims a couple of cars and the first story of a house in New Bern, NC. Nothing I ever experienced before, I was truly scared, ' he told AFP.
The 18th century town, with a population of 30,000, has been badly flooded, with 4,200 homes damaged.
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Governor Cooper has cautioned people in affected areas against leaving safe shelters to return home to inspect damage to their homes.
Officials in SC said a 61-year-old woman died when her auto struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Union. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack after paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
The White House said President Donald Trump would visit hurricane-hit areas next week "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts".
Florence blew ashore early Friday in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, buckling buildings, deluging entire communities and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses as it crawled inland and weakened into a still-lethal tropical storm.
The National Hurricane Center said Florence's top sustained winds were holding at 45 miles per hour (75 kph), with higher gusts east of the storm's center.
Florence expected to bring 'catastrophic' flooding to Carolinas
Mayor Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN traffic out of the SC city has more than quadrupled as residents and visitors evacuate. Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.
"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said. They are part of Cajun Navy which is an informal volunteer group set up after Hurricane Katrina.
Blowing ashore with howling 155 km/h winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.
Flooding has made things hard in Hurricane Florence's aftermath.
Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could also be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.
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CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with. At 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles southeast of Wilmington , North Carolina, moving at 16 mph.
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Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.
As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC , the National Hurricane Center said . North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.
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Rain intensity will pick up, as will wind speed and the storm surge is expected to reach up to 13 feet in some areas. State Department of Transportation Sec. "Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
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It will likely take until Monday, however, before the threat of significant heavy rain is over, and it will still rain at times. Meanwhile, many were experiencing a complete blackout as the storm damaged infrastructure, utility poles and transmission lines.