Almost stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters
Almost stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters
Volunteers are helping to rescue residents from flooded homes
18 September, 2018, 09:13
Hurricane Florence blew ashore on Friday, but has continued to inundate parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia with unprecedented amounts of rain.
"We received significant rainfall, and that has led to countywide flooding", Cotton said.
More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.
Thousands of people living within a mile (1.5 kilometers) of the banks of North Carolina's Cape Fear River and Little River were ordered Saturday to evacuate because they faced "imminent danger" from flooding as river basins filled beyond their capacity.
The Associated Press reports the storm may unload 18 trillion gallons of rain on the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water. And there could be 10 inches (25 cm) in south-western Virginia.
A statue reaches above Florence's floodwaters in North Carolina. Dozens of electric fix trucks massed to respond to damage expected to hit central North Carolina as rainwater collected into rivers headed to the coast. And as of Saturday morning, several other locations scattered across the county were on the verge of passing the 20-inch mark. The previous record of 24.06 inches was set during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system.
Florence is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on United States soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.
The storm originally made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday as a category one hurricane.
Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to dump unsafe amounts of rain as it continues its slow slog across the Carolinas.
Or no longer it is anticipated to hotfoot over substances of the Carolinas into the weekend, its torrential rain pounding some areas over and over.Or no longer it is "relentless and excruciating and extremely late", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper acknowledged.
Near Gilbert, also in Lexington County, Florence's winds pulled the entire roof off a mobile home on Wire Road, exposing the home's bare wooden beams as rain was expected to continue falling for hours. One model even shows the potential for an additional 30 inches, although that may be overdone.
Members of Onslow County emergency look to see if a passenger was still in a vehicle that was overtaken by flooding on US Route 17 outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Forecasters predicted severe flooding for parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC starting Sunday.
A child jumps a flooded street at Trent Court Apartments as surge water from the Trent River overflows sections of the neighborhood in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
Storm surges could reach 11 feet Saturday along coastal areas, particularly between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras. Flash flooding has spread into Raleigh and will expand over Charlotte as well, where flash flood advisories are in effect.
Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence's rising floodwaters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm's epic deluge swelled rivers and creeks across the Carolinas.
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Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC . Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds across the state.
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The hurricane was moving northwest in the Atlantic at 15 miles per hour and was packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour . Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane.
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