Storm Florence: Disaster declared in North Carolina

Doug Carpenter
September 18, 2018

A third person, a woman, died in Hampstead, NC, in Pender County.

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, the sheriff's office said.

TROGDON: And the one thing I want to prevent is thousands of people stranded on our interstates or US routes with flooding events on each side, putting more burden on our first responders to be extracting thousands of people that use our roadways daily.

Two men were also killed in Lenoir County, North Carolina.

Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home. The site lost enough material to fill around two-thirds of an Olympic-sized pool, the company said in a statement, adding that it did not believe the incident posed a risk to health or the environment.

Cumberland County's shelters were around half full, with a total capacity of around 1,225 people. An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

Eight killed as floods submerge Florence-hit Carolinas
A signboard that was dislodged by Hurricane Florence on Oak Island North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned Saturday that the volume of rainwater Florence will drop in the coming days may cause flooding not seen at least in a generation.

Florence's top sustained winds have weakened to 50mph (80km/h) but it is projected to bring further catastrophic flash flooding.

ALLEN: Eventually, as Florence moves on, the rains will stop.

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, NC, early Friday.

The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected.

Officials fear the worst damage is yet to come.

About 532,338 customers in North Carolina and 61,000 in SC don't have power.

Officials in North Carolina's Harnett County, about 90 miles inland, urged residents of about 1,100 homes to evacuate because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels.

Even with the recent gains, the five-year trend is negative.

Downgraded overnight to a tropical depression, Florence was still massive.

More than 24 hours after Florence caused major flooding in New Bern, N.C., the city announced that all people who needed rescuing had reached safety. A nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, shut down operations Friday.

Much of the rain will feed into swollen rivers destined for SC. Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch a year.

Thousands of people living near North Carolina's rising rivers were ordered evacuated Saturday as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that the state could be in for the most destructive flooding in its history. A turn toward the northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected today, followed by a turn toward the north and northeast with an additional increase in forward speed on Monday. A 73-mile stretch of the highway closed Saturday because of flooding and an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and SC, reports CNN.

But with radar showing parts of the storm over six Southeastern states and flood worries spreading into southern Virginia and West Virginia, North and SC were still in the bull's-eye.

West-central Virginia into far eastern West Virginia, north of Roanoke and west of Charlottesville, will see 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, with some isolated areas seeing 8 inches. The highway could be flooded near Fayetteville and near the SC state line because of expected flooding in the Cape Fear and Lumber rivers.

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