Monday, 22 October, 2018

Deadly flood waters rise as Florence dumps 'epic' rain in US

‘Uninvited Brute’: NC Gov Says Florence Could Wipe Out Entire Communities WATCH: Weatherman makes a holy show of himself during Hurricane Florence
Sandra Phillips | 17 September, 2018, 22:07

As the death toll from Florence grew and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina braced for catastrophic, widespread river flooding.

"Our roads are flooded, there is no access into Wilmington", New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White told a news conference.

In Anson County, east of Charlotte, a train derailed on Sunday evening, but it wasn't clear whether it was storm-related or if anyone was injured.

Sunday, it seemed, was when the storm system that had stalked the South for days - first as a hurricane, then as a tropical storm and eventually as a tropical depression - showed its full power with staggering scope.

Florence was a tropical depression on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (45 kph) as it headed through Virginia and toward New England.

The storm is continuing to produce widespread heavy rains over parts of North Carolina, northeastern SC and into western Virginia.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world, Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left dozens dead.

Forecasters fear that the coming days could bring the worst flooding in North Carolina's history as rivers swell towards record levels. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

President Donald Trump said federal emergency workers, first responders and law enforcement officials were "working really hard". "They have not even begun (to crest). Very Professional!", he tweeted.

‘Uninvited Brute’: NC Gov Says Florence Could Wipe Out Entire Communities

"There is a lot of farm land underwater, all over the southeastern part of the state", Cooper said. He spent more than $500 on cereal, eggs, soft drinks and other necessities, plus beer.

"We knew that the winds, everything with the storm ... we were watching the trees in the back that were leaning, but I guess the whole time we were watching the wrong ones", Olen Gill said.

A Coast Guard crew from New Jersey helped a woman trapped in her home.

"I'm not going to waste my time. We will have to sort out the crop damage", he continued, adding: "I think that it's fair to say in terms of economic impact rebuilding that we are talking in the billions of dollars".

The industrial-scale farms contain vast pits of animal feces and urine that can pose a significant pollution threat if they are breached or inundated by floodwaters.

He said residents should "expect flooding and potential landslides tonight and into Monday", and warned against driving in the water "no matter how confident you feel or how much you want to get out of the house".

Tens of thousands were ordered evacuated from communities along the state's steadily rising rivers - with the Cape Fear, Little River, Lumber, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers all projected to burst their banks. The evacuation zone included part of the city of Fayetteville, population 200,000.

In the town of New Bern, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers had to use inflatable boats to reach people. Streets were flooded and Police Chief Keith Thomas warned people not to drive, but the local food and gas store had customers.

"I urge you, if you don't have to drive, stay off the road, particualrly south of USA 64", Cooper said.

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