Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas

15 September, 2018, 02:49 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • 21 Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

On the inland side facing the river, Cramer says rising waters will very likely be "lapping at the first floor of our elevated homes".

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

Hurricane Florence is now bearing down on the Southeast, specifically the Carolina's, and the slow-moving hurricane has everyone anxious with the amount of rain it could dump, with a potential to cause massive flooding-not to mention the damage from 80 mile-per-hour winds expected later today.

Cooper spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon with state emergency management officials.

"Go ahead and go - even those who are season-veterans that weathered other storms in the past", Knight said. (Here's hoping.) All week, though, those along the eastern coastline have been preparing for the worst.

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

And don't be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a strong Category 2 hurricane.

Sumter is expected to experience a tropical system of some kind, he said, though the severity is yet to be determined. The hardest part to figure out now is where that heavy rain band sets up - probably right over Charlotte or just to the north.

Cramer says they are expecting ocean water to flow over the sand dunes and bring sand into the town.

Long urged patience and warned that it would take time to recover from Florence.

Winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.

Residents should stay away from doors and windows and stay in the most interior part of the structure they are using for shelter, he said.

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"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

Hayes urged drivers to not drive through standing water during or after the storm to prevent stranding their vehicles and themselves, he said.

"This is a very unsafe storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground.

Mayewood may be among the best situated for the job.

"We've wasted three days of discomfort and displacement", he said.

When a college football game was canceled due to Hurricane Florence, one of the team's decided to make the best out of the situation. Hotel companies house the workers at apartment villages and took them by bus to the shelter, Strawderman said. "Try not to bring pets. We just want prayers from everyone". "But service animals are welcome".

"We call them disasters because they break things", said FEMA's Long.

Browning said she had started a GoFundMe campaign in case repairs are needed for the family home.

Betty Baun said she has been volunteering for the Red Cross since the '80s. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

Sue Blackwell, a Manning resident, has been a volunteer since 1992. "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said. "Once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", she said.

Blackwell's help came after a fire.

Brandon Mendoza, Lonis Hernandez and Charlie, drive around capturing signs of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Thursday.

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