Authorities evacuate residents in Bern, North Carolina during Hurricane Florence

16 September, 2018, 13:42 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Wilmington NC tree

North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery.

Both storms have lasted a long time, especially Florence which formed all the way over near Africa 15 days before landfall, McNoldy said.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

The speed of the storm slowed down significantly after it made landfall, crawling westward at 2 miles per hour (4 kilometers per hour) for the remainder of the weekend.

There are at least two other coal-fired Duke plants in North Carolina that are likely to be affected by the storm. And even if their homes survived intact, hundreds of thousands of utility customers who lack power have limited food options.

Floodwaters surged over roads, prompting the closing of Interstate 95 just north of the Carolinas' border. A 78-year-old man was killed while trying to connect extension cords outside in the rain, ABC News reported, citing Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

"The shelves are pretty empty, and we don't expect our first truck until Sunday, maybe, if they can get through", she said.

In one piece of good news authorities said that 16 wild ponies of hurricane-struck Ocracoke Island, located off the North Carolina coast, were safe.

"The rainfalls that came from Floyd as it spread across North Carolina were probably in the range of 18 to 20 inches, and a lot of. that fell on ground that had already been saturated by tropical storm Dennis a few weeks before".

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In addition to wind impacts, there's going to be a risky storm surge ("wall of water" that arrives) and then persistent rainfall. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

On Friday afternoon, it was traveling at just 3 to 5 miles per hour, still near the coast. "It's making it hard for us to move valuable resources to areas in need". Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims.

The death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to eight on Saturday, local media said. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

If Florence doesn't wipe out oceanfront homes on stilts along the Carolinas coast, rising sea levels will. Florence lashed low-lying barrier islands that experience some of the fastest rates of sea level rise observed anywhere in the world, almost an inch (2.5 centimeters) a year.

A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 15, 2018.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

In total, Florence is forecast to dump about18 trillion gallons of rain over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland before the storm is over.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

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