Florence likely to expose gaps in flood insurance

17 September, 2018, 16:31 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • A boat is seen on the street of New Berg North Carolina

South Carolina Highway Patrol says a pickup truck was traveling west on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County on Sunday morning when it went off the roadway.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long told Fox News, "This is going to be a long, frustrating event" for those who have lost their homes or face substantial damage when they eventually are able to return.

Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland.

Cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and filling river to bursting point, the storm has wreaked extensive damage on both North and SC despite rapid weakening.

Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina over the weekend, with up to 40 inches of rain falling since the storm made landfall last week.

Susan Hedgepeth is assisted along with her dog Cooper by members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Lumberton, N.C., September 16, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence.

An additional 2 to 5 inches of rain is expected with isolated areas of 8 inches possible through Tuesday in the Carolinas and Virginia. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC at the centre.

Across North Carolina, 26,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters after escaping their homes in advance of the flood waters.

James Berthold checks on his van stuck in floodwaters in Newport, N.C.

At Least 5 Deaths Linked To The "Powerful, Slow And Relentless" Florence
There have been "several hundred" rescue operations, Governor Cooper said. "It's an uninvited brute, who doesn't wanna leave". The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm.

In Wilmington, with roads leading in and out of the city underwater and streams still swelling upward, residents waited for hours outside stores and restaurants for basic necessities like water.

Rescue crews negotiated downed trees and power lines to reach stranded residents, Mayor Bill Saffo told WHQR radio.

County commission chair Woody White said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city. We are here for you and stand ready to help.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC". "Don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued". Authorities in the U.S. state of North Carolina have warned residents that flooding could get worse.

Florence set a record in the state for rain from a hurricane, surpassing the previous record of 24 inches (61 cm) set by Hurricane Floyd, which killed 56 people in 1999, said Bryce Link, a meteorologist with private forecasting service DTN Marine Weather.

The storm's death toll climbed to 17 when authorities said a three-month-old child was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home in North Carolina. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bull's-eye.

South Carolina's governor urged anyone in a flood-prone area to evacuate.

A North Carolina family's home is destroyed for the second time in less than 20 years due to hurricane flooding.

"As the storm begins to finally recede, they will kick into an even higher gear".

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