Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead

Jo Lloyd
September 18, 2018

The town is about 40 miles north of hard-hit New Bern, N.C. and 130 miles north of Wilmington, where Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm early Friday morning.

The storm came ashore as Hurricane Florence on Friday morning at about 7 a.m. with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Forecasters say many rivers across the state still haven't crested - some won't crest until late Sunday or Monday.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, inching west at 2 miles per hour-not even as fast as a person walking.

And while officials pleaded with residents not to try to drive on flooded streets, and warned that the slow-moving storm still posed a serious threat, they also began preparing for what will most likely be a long and costly recovery.

More than 100,000 people took refuge in shelters.

Roads were closed and authorities warned of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled.

Without light remained nearly 500 million homes.As a result of hurricane Florence, which was later weakened to the level of a tropical storm in the U.S. States of North and SC killed at least 11 people, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent. SC authorities reported one death.

Asked if he had spoken with President Donald Trump -a politically ally whom McMaster backed very early in the 2016 campaign- the governor says the president reassured him SC would get federal assistance to dig out. Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

As of 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, but the NHC warned residents of risky storm surges and "catastrophic flooding".

So far: almost 32.5 inches (82.5 centimeters) of rain was reported in Oriental, North Carolina.

Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday, but that was little consolation to residents in North Carolina who have seen over 2 feet rain and are now fearing major river flooding to start the week.

"The worst is yet to come", he added.

Cumberland County, North Carolina, ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes along the Cape Fear River Saturday over flooding concerns. As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 people remained without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

Damage to homes in her neighborhood was "horrible", she said. Sutton was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating ash to remove to safer lined landfills.

Emergency management officials and nonprofit groups aren't waiting for Florence's rains to end or floodwaters to recede before starting to help people recover from the storm.

The death toll rose to 11 on Saturday as storm Florence continues slamming into the U.S. East Coast with howling winds and blinding rains, authorities said. Floyd produced 24 inches (61 cm) of rain in some parts of North Carolina while Florence already has dumped about 30 inches (76 cm) in areas around Swansboro.

The storm is expected to move north through the Charlottesville, Virginia, area before heading toward the Ohio Valley, hitting West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

On the morning of 14 September, hurricane Florence reached the Eastern coast of the United States.

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