Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Storm Florence: The impact in numbers

Storm Florence: The impact in numbers

WILMINGTON, United States: Tropical storm Florence caused "catastrophic" flooding in the Carolinas Saturday even as it began to weaken, leaving multiple deaths, including a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.

"People need to be very cautious and understand they don't need to be going on the road", Jordan said. Law enforcement has set up a detour.

The state DOT said on its website that the two roads are expected to re-open by Monday morning.

Onslow county, located about 50 miles to the northeast of Wilmington, has been hit particularly hard. He urged motorists not to travel east of I-95 or south of U.S. Highway 70.

"Just turn around and don't drown", officials said.

"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said.

A Navy statement says the decision comes after inspections of the region's port and airfield.

Taylor Fontenot, the Texas captain of America's Cajun Navy, said he hadn't slept since Wednesday morning, but had since helped authorities evacuate scores of people in New Bern.

Flooding concerns extend beyond the coast of North Carolina as well.

We've got some potentially good news as rain and wind from Tropical Storm Florence continue to affect the Myrtle Beach area.

Florence is 350 miles (560 km) wide and has travelled 4,000 miles across the ocean from west Africa.

Some towns have received more than 2 feet of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains totaling up to 3½ feet of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week.

"Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said in a press briefing on Friday. But there are impacts at 35 feet, which is why flood stage is at 35 feet.

Storm surges along the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county coastline and tidal creek areas may still reach as high as 5 feet, aggravating that river flooding.

"As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread".

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Money also is available to the state, some local governments, and some private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in those counties.

"The problem with this storm is it's not moving", he said.

Winds will remain gusty.

According to Doll, many areas in North Carolina are seeing somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain. He made a plan B: If the water reached the house, he'd take the pets upstairs to the second floor.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got more than 30 inches (75 centimeters) and counting, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches (60 centimeters) on the state.

It is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

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.

Cooper called Florence the "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities.

In the Fayetteville area, John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the Cape Fear River.

"It's a big task, because our main priority is protecting lives", Jon Ingram, the Brunswick County, North Carolina sheriff, said on Saturday during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto.

Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes.

In fact, Florence is meandering across North and SC about as slowly as some of the world's fastest turtles, according to an online Q&A with turtle and tortoise scientist Dr. Peter Paul van Dijk.

People wait in line to fill up their gas cans at a gas station that was damaged when Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina.

He said the storm had killed at least five people, but there were fears that number could rise.

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