Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

В США бушует ураган Флоренс Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas
Doris Mccormick | 16 September, 2018, 13:40

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

The casualties include a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbors awaited help.

Florence had weakened to a Category 1 storm with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds by the time it arrived at the North Carolina coastline.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

In New Bern, North Carolina, one of the cities hardest-hit by the storm that made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, a beloved bear statue and its thick pedestal were uprooted and washed away. "We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns", he added.

Officials in SC are reporting the state's first fatality due to Florence, bringing the storm's overall death toll to at least five.

That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system.

It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

While other parts of the state were suffering catastrophic flooding from a storm that caused at least 11 deaths, county officials and business owners on the low-lying islands reported relatively minimal damage, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities.

There were 974,000 homes in the Carolinas without power on Saturday morning. Many dunes appeared not to have sizeable damage, and harbors were empty, with just a few boats scattered about.

Severe flooding after Hurricane Florence makes landfall
Meanwhile, in SC , at least one gator seemed to be cool with the outer bands of wind and rain that whipped the Myrtle Beach area. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.


Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power
Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour (175 kph). Tornadoes also remain a threat, particularly in areas northeast of the hurricane's eye.


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Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

-So far: roughly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain have fallen north of Swansboro, North Carolina, and it's only going to get worse. The Army Corps of Engineers was preparing to start work restoring power, installing temporary roofing and removing debris. "As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread".

The first units were expected to come online early next week in New Bern and Washington, North Carolina, according to Jack Frazier, the Baptist Men's disaster relief co-ordinator.

A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

Evacuations underway in North Carolina.

SC authorities reported one death.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said.

The huge levels of rainfall are a result of the storm surge created by the unsafe tropical weather, which has claimed the lives of 11 people. "We all know that".

Home Depot and North Carolina-based Lowe's - the two biggest home supply companies - both activated sophisticated emergency command centers with their own meteorologists.

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