Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Tropical Depression Florence Kills 17 & Smashes Rainfall Records in Carolinas

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues Warships ready to help with Florence response
Sandra Phillips | 18 September, 2018, 13:02

Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in North Carolina, and now people and organizations across the nation are stepping up to help those affected by the storm.

But even when the rain lets up, don't be fooled. The slow-moving storm hovered over the same area for multiple days, causing record-breaking flooding and storm surge.

Photos and videos from the region showed homes and businesses inundated with murky brown water laden with debris and rivers so high they threatened to overtop the bridges that spanned their banks.

Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their vehicle.

"We're dealing with some very, very tough situations with respect to the impassable roads coming into the city of Wilmington", Mayor Bill Saffo told residents on Twitter.

The city of New Bern, located about 240 miles east of Charlotte, was particularly hard hit. But it's not for residents to use to return.

Authorities say a couple have died in SC after using a generator inside their home during Florence.

The boy's mother had driven around a barricade in the road and ended up stalled in rushing water.

And supplies such as fuel are in critical need.

The Wilmington-based Cape Fear Public Utility Authority urged residents to fill bathtubs and containers with water in case it doesn't have enough fuel to keep its water treatment plants running.

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

Woody White, the New Hanover county commission chair, said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city. "Our interstates, I-95 and I-40, still have closures", noted Cooper. Penalties of $5,000 and up to 30 days in jail are also possible.

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC.

"Those rivers are going to start to crest later today and Tuesday and maybe longer".

One person was killed when at least 16 tornadoes developed from Florence on Monday in Virginia where dozens of building were destroyed, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

"I just feel comfortable staying".

They did not say what had been stolen but said charges "are pending". Lamb's husband, 4-year-old daughter and pug dog were waiting for a second boat to rescue them from the home of Lamb's parents.

"We're not going to move until this thing's over. Or bury us, or something", he said as floodwater crept upon his porch.

"We can't wait to go back home and live a normal life again, hopefully on Wednesday".

The statement from WWAY said the stations have been working with local, state and federal officials to determine how to access the transmitter site by ground or air to provide information to the area during recovery from the storm. But those who left without their pets faced the wrath of passers-by and social media users. "BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!" he wrote.

Trump is also addressing the impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Six people died in SC, including four in vehicle accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator. "It's a notice to people that roads are flooded", he said.

Four road deaths in SC have been blamed on the storm, and two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside their home. SC authorities reported one death. When emergency responders tried to reach her, their path was blocked by fallen trees. "Some people have died down there". No details were immediately available.

Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression from a hurricane, was headed through Virginia toward New England. The largest amount so far was in Elizabethtown, which has received 35.93 inches (0.91 meters).

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