Monday, 22 October, 2018

Hurricane Florence: More days of flooding ahead for Carolinas and surrounding states

Warnings of 'Catastrophic and Historic' Flooding as Experts Say Worst of Hurricane Florence Yet to Come Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington, N.C.
Sandra Phillips | 18 September, 2018, 09:10

Rainfall totals for southeast North Carolina will probably be close to 40 inches (102 centimeters) and 20 inches elsewhere in the region.

Tens of thousands of houses have been damaged, but for many parts of the Carolinas, "the worst is yet to come" as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service.

"Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising", freelance Journalist Marcus DiPaola tweeted on Sunday. Officials have reported flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence in Union County, located between Charlotte and Anson County.

Flash flood watches are posted for Sullivan and Ulster counties from late Monday night until late Tuesday night.

"A lot of people have evacuated already", said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, a small North Carolina town threatened by rising water levels in a nearby creek and the River Neuse.

More than 1,200 roads in North Carolina were closed on Monday due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, which brought record rain and storm surges to the state.

The death toll climbed to 32, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as authorities found the body of a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land.

The National Weather Service said there was an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina.

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The risky tropical storm made landfall in North Carolina on September 14th and then pushed through the Southeast.

Forecasters said it was expected to continue toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimetres) of rain, before the system moves offshore again.

Nearly 500,000 people began the day without power in North Carolina. He had been evacuated a day before by troops in a truck. The water receded Sunday, leaving hundreds of fallen trees and "pools of water everywhere". "I can't thank the first responders enough".

North Carolina emergency response officials tweeted that 23 truckloads of military meals and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city.

Two tornadoes were confirmed in central North Carolina in Wayne and Wilson counties Monday morning. About $60 million of the cost was authorized by Northam in advance, but could be substantially less as resources set aside for Virginia are transferred to North and SC, which took the brunt of the storm.

So far, the storm has claimed at least 17 lives.

Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (35 kph).

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