Death toll rise to 13, Florence continues to wreak havoc in US
Death toll rise to 13, Florence continues to wreak havoc in US
'Relentless rains' continue as Florence nearly stalls over Carolinas
16 September, 2018, 12:38
After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometres) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.
Parts of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC could see another foot or more of rain over the weekend, according to National Weather Service.
With extreme flooding threatening to cut off Myrtle Beach from the rest of the state, SC officials are scrambling to find a solution as Tropical Storm Florence moves slowly through the region.
"Life-threatening storm surgewill continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read.
People wait in line to fill up their gas cans at a gas station that was damaged when Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina. The storm will dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend.
"I can not overstate it: flood waters are rising".
The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours.
Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.
The death toll from tropical storm Florence that made landfall in the United States east coast, has increased to 13, with authorities warning of continued rains and flooding.
The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. The flash flooding could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges. It had crested parts of the downtown river walk by the evening hours.
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Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week.
Five people are known to have died as the massive weather system knocked down trees, flooded rivers, and dumped sheets of rain in the Carolinas.
In the Fayetteville area, John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the Cape Fear River. He moved quickly as workers helped him empty more than 1,000 mattresses from a warehouse in a low-lying strip mall. "If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water".
Crews from the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were working with citizen volunteers to get people to dry ground, Roberts said.
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This main threat - flooding - is coming into focus.
The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes. Mackie rode in a boat through a flooded neighborhood, navigating through trees and past a fencepost to reach the Knox house.
"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy carried out in a life vest. She called damage to thousands of buildings "heart-wrenching".
Four weather-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina.
Northern South Carolina and southwestern Virginia: 5 to 10 inches, isolated 15 inches.
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More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC .
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