Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Death toll rises to 11 as Florence continues battering US East Coast

Death toll rises to 11 as Florence continues battering US East Coast

Florence continues to move at a snail's pace causing catastrophic flooding in North and SC, according to the National Weather Service.

Some towns have already seen 2ft (60cm) of rain in two days, with totals forecast to top 3.5ft (1m) in places.

The Federal Emergency Management Authority (Fema) has said motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

"We'll get through this". "If not, we'd be stuck upstairs for the next. how long?"

The couple, who moved into their three-story row home 14 years ago, rode out the storm. "Very Professional!" he declared in a tweet. Forecasters said some areas in North and SC will see heavy rain all weekend.

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, hours after then-Hurricane Florence swept through, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told The Associated Press.

Almost 800,000 people are without power, majority in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press. He spent more than $500 on cereal, eggs, soft drinks and other necessities, plus beer. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

"I'm not going to waste my time".

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"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Mr Deal said. Both states also are at a risk of unsafe flash floods and river flooding. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said. "However, we will receive a lot of water from the river upstream, which will cause the Neuse to crest in about a week or so". The evacuation zone included part of the city of Fayetteville, population 200,000.

John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometres) from the river. Rain-soaked furniture workers helped him quickly empty more than 1,000 mattresses from a warehouse in a low-lying strip mall.

While the storm didn't make as violent an appearance as first expected, it was still very risky, officials said.

If the river gets higher than 26 feet, "all bets are off", city public works deputy director Corey Walters said.

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, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state. Radar is estimating that some areas between Wilmington and New Bern, North Carolina, have received over 30 inches of rain.

The flooding would likely make US 378 the only route into Horry County. The same thing happened on the Trent River.

Other markets that could be affected by Hurricane Florence include cotton (7 percent of US cotton is grown in the Carolinas) and especially tobacco, as North Carolina is the largest tobacco-growing state. Utilities said some outages could last for weeks.

A woman and her baby were among the first casualties when a tree fell on their house, contributing to a death toll that U.S. media said had reached 13 - 10 in North Carolina and three in SC, according to CNN. "State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette and State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson are urging North Carolinians to be cautious of cybercrime before, during, and after Hurricane Florence". Instead the main threat will actually come when the rain stops and the water drains from the region into the rivers, officials said.

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