Flash flood fears as Storm Florence batters US

15 September, 2018, 18:00 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Don't play games with it, says Trump as Hurricane Florence heads for US East Coast

"Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill".

Ahead of Florence, environmental officials have urged dam owners to drop water levels in anticipation of the massive amounts of expected rainfall and water flowing into the state from basins in North Carolina.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm.

-So far: almost 24 inches of rain was reported in Newport, just off the North Carolina coast, and forecasters Saturday expected another 15 inches (nearly 40 centimeters) in parts of the Carolinas.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Gov Cooper said. Then it is likely to hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 11 feet (3.3 meters) of storm surge and unloading water on both states.

Authorities have confirmed those storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 miles per hour wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958. The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack while paramedics raced to find a way through fallen debris to reach her home.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that Fema and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually make a right turn to the north east over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

"I was feeling fine until I woke up this morning and this is a ghost town", said Kristin Beard, a 40-year-old Myrtle Beach marketer.

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People look out over the surf before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

The cause of the broken cable wasn't clear, but officials said water had seeped into the structure and led to some corrosion at some point. Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina, got more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just a few hours.

As of 2 p.m., Florence was centered about 110 miles southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. Seidel is seen struggling to stand in the high winds as he moves along the wind's direction as he is about to be blown away while two men in shorts calmly walked behind him with no signs of struggle.

Hurricane Florence could flood thousands of buildings.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

"This Hurricane is bringing some rain and water that we have not seen before in Hurricane", McMaster said, "Winds may match that of Hugo, but Florence may bring more rain".

Across North Carolina, more than 56 school districts are closed, and almost all University of North Carolina system schools cancelled classes. Outside the Le Meridien hotel at the edge of Charlotte's downtown, dozens of linemen from Louisiana stood among their trucks in the parking lot, waiting for instructions.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the City of New Bern tweeted to its scared citizens around 2 a.m. Friday.

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