Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Warning of 'catastrophic' flash-flooding as Florence deluges parts of US

Warning of 'catastrophic' flash-flooding as Florence deluges parts of US

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile (1.6 kilometres) of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) from the North Carolina coast.

The most rain so far from Florence was 33.9 inches (86 cm) in Swansboro, North Carolina, a new record for a single hurricane in the state. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash were displaced at the Sutton Plant and that contaminated storm water likely flowed into the plant's cooling pond.

-42-year-old Jeffrey B Youngren of Elgin, South Carolina, died on Sunday when a pickup truck hit a bridge piling in Kershaw County, said Coroner David West, who added that weather "played a big part" in the death.

"That's enough to cause flooding in areas that have never flooded before until now".

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina this week ... but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", said Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We want you home but you can't come yet".

In rain-sodden Myrtle Beach, National Guardsmen were frantically working to place sandbags along the Waccamaw River. With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land. Torrential rain will cause flash flooding and increase the risk for landslides in the higher terrains.

Others killed included three who perished "due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways", according to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, and a 61-year-old woman who died when her auto hit a downed tree.

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors.

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"We were able to get into the air and see significant damage in eastern North Carolina", Cooper told reporters at a press conference Sunday.

Another, odder and more unsafe aviation problem: Officials begged the public to stop flying drones, which they said threatened rescue flights by the North Carolina National Guard as well as 10 other states that lent military helicopters for emergency service.

"The agriculture industry, the largest industry in our state is hard-hit".

"I think it's fair to say in terms of economic impact, rebuilding, that we are talking in the billions of dollars", Tillis said on "Fox News Sunday". Thousands meanwhile were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. Guard officers said they hope to get the dam finished Monday - the same day the river is expected to crest.

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. FEMA crews and power company trucks were turned away Saturday night because of the flooding, Saffo said.

Resident Joseph Eudi looks at flood debris and storm damage from Hurricane Florence at a home on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Joanna Faulkner carries her daughter Kayla, 3, out of a high water vehicle after being evacuated by the police.

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