Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

A.M. Update: Prolonged rain will bring floods

A.M. Update: Prolonged rain will bring floods

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of up to 3 feet as the 90 miles per hour storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

Photos and videos from around the region, and particularly North Carolina, showed the power that Florence contained as it came ashore, leading to rescues across the area. He said "if those shelters fill up, we will establish more shelters". "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.

The Weather Channel on Friday defended a meteorologist who was captured bracing against the wind while two people appeared to stroll casually behind him during a report on Hurricane Florence.

Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said.

Florence already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds, and the threat is days from ending as remnants of the once major hurricane slowly creep inland across the Carolinas.

A mandatory evacuation order has been put in place for anyone who lives within a mile of the banks of North Carolina's Cape Fear River and Little River. A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday. About 400 people have been rescued. Officials said flood waters from other areas are accumulating north of the county and filling the river basins beyond their capacities. "Don't drive across standing or moving water".

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina. 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.

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Authorities in SC reported one death, saying a woman was killed when her vehicle struck a fallen tree.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got over 30 inches and counting, eclipsing the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is giving another update on the state's response to Tropical Storm Florence.

It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

USA correspondent Cordelia Lynch, who is in New Bern, said: "This community in the weeks and months to come is up against a great deal of flooding".

Schoolteacher Leslie Ochoa said she and her family loaded up 10 adults, 5 children, 14 goats, 10 dogs, two cats and one guinea pig and evacuated from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Columbia, South Carolina last Tuesday. Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.

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