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Hurricane Florence path: Storm moves to SC - bringing CATASTROPHIC flood risk

Lora Ball | 15 September, 2018, 20:02

The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said. NBC news reported a woman called for help, but died of a heart attack because emergency crews were unable to reach her due to trees that had fallen in the road. On Saturday morning, Carteret County Emergency Services confirmed that two people died in the county. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain while another man died when he was knocked down by high winds while checking on his dogs.

"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing about a storm that forecasters said was 300 miles (480 km) wide.

Forecasters believe the biggest danger right now is the water, not the wind.

Already, the event has broken the state's record for most rain ever observed in a tropical storm or hurricane, with a preliminary report of more than 30 inches.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 68 trillion litres of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. Unsafe storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of South Carolina Saturday.

If the current forecasts hold, many regions could see "a flood of biblical proportions", said Rick Neuherz, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

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She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones. They ventured out in life jackets into the waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree. Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern in part to protect their house.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m. His mom remembers Hurricane Hazel, when the water did not rise as high as his fifth step, where it was Thursday night.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

The elevation will serve as a forcing mechanism for the abundant low level moisture being dragged in by Florence, essentially creating an ideal environment for torrential rain and the possibility of mudslides, especially Sunday into Monday.

The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties. Trump planned a visit to the region next week. By Friday morning Florence had already sapped power to almost 450,000 customers in the Carolinas, emergency officials said.

The storm's center is crawling inland over SC, but its main rain bands largely are over already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

At 8 a.m. EDT, the Miami-based hurricane center said rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.

But Tran is still perplexed why people would get on a dating app in the middle of a storm. For those wishing to track Florence's devastation from miles away, PBS NewsHour has compiled this guide of sources that we will be closely monitoring as the storm progresses.

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