Sunday, 18 November, 2018

More than 2,300 without power in Spartanburg County as Florence sets in

Florence pours on the rain in the Carolinas swelling rivers 150 people trapped by Florence floodwaters in New Bern, NC
Derrick Tucker | 18 September, 2018, 03:43

NOAA NOAA / Reuters Hurricane Florence is shown from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) #GOESEast satellite shortly after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, US, 14 September. On the coast of the river break their banks and torrents of water flooded farms and farmland, our homes and cities.

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

As rivers swelled toward record levels, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from very big hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

Florence made landfall early Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane but weakened over the course of the day to a tropical storm.

"Residents should not let their guard down", North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted.

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

An 81-year-old man died in Wayne County when he fell and struck his head while packing to evacuate, officials said.

In Swansboro, North Carolina, almost 34 inches of rain had fallen by Sunday afternoon and 20 other places in North Carolina had at least 20 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. The southeast town of Newport, N.C., reported a rainfall total of nearly 24 inches as of midnight Saturday.

"If you live in a floodplain and planned on staying, you might need to reevaluate", said Joel Cline, a North Carolina native and meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.

In North Carolina alone, there were 777,937 power outages as of 1:20 p.m. ET, according to North Carolina's Department of Public Safety.

Hurricane Florence increases in size despite weakening winds
The precipitation from Florence will start midday Thursday and then it will rain for four days, said CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater. Trouble began brewing last week, when three hurricanes-Florence, Isaac, and Helene-starting churning up the North Atlantic.

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Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches.

Forecasters are anticipating landslides near the Appalachians and near-record river flooding.

"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet", he said. We got thrown into mailboxes.

In South Carolina, emergency managers were watching several northeastern rivers that flooded two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, destroying homes and government offices. To the north, officials were monitoring the Tar River, and sandbagging the French Broad River to the west and the Lumber River to the southeast. About 400 people have been rescued.

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland. Now the town is bracing for another potentially catastrophic flood, as heavy rains from Florence batter the region with rain and the river rises through the weekend.

At least five people have died as Tropical Storm Florence slowly crept westward over the Carolinas Saturday, dumping massive amounts of water on the region. The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

Two men in their 70s were killed in Lenoir County.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement. They later clarified those deaths were not related to Florence.

Desperate for gas to run a generator at home, Nick Monroe waited in a half-mile-long line at a Speedway station even though the pumps were wrapped in plastic.

All but one of those deaths occurred in North Carolina.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

"This is one of the most devastating hurricanes we've ever had", Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN. Eventually, a volunteer rescue team from IN arrived with a boat and rescued them. And state and federal emergency officials are locating temporary housing, including hotel rooms, for storm victims as shelters close.

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