Slow-Moving Florence Causing Major Flooding As It Swirls Over Carolinas

Katie Ramirez
September 16, 2018

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into west-central Virginia through early next week, as Florence moves slowly inland", the NHC statement read.

The slow-moving storm has virtually stalled, dumping relentless rain after making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. About 400 people have been rescued. "These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

Scores of residents had to be rescued from flooding by emergency responders and volunteers in New Bern, North Carolina, on Saturday.

At least eight people have died as Hurricane Florence, downgraded to a tropical storm, heads weastward through the Carolinas. The resulting flooding forced swift-water rescues and left several people dead. The end of the evacuation goes into effect at noon.

Some areas are seeing record rainfall.

Florence continues to bring rains and threaten lives on the east coast of the U.S. even after it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall.

That's just the number of customers without power in the Carolinas.

The office of Governor Henry McMaster ended the evacuation for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Colleton counties on Saturday.

Because communications and electricity were knocked out across much of the region where about five million people were in the typhoon's direct path, officials are still assessing the human and material cost.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

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Sections of two interstates, I-40 and I-95, were shut down due to flooding and debris.

More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds collapsed part of the roof.

HEMSI spokesperson Don Webster says even if you think you have a good reason for staying behind, doing so can risky for you and for first responders. "Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement - not easy, very risky, tremendous talent".

He also reminded people the bulk of storm-related deaths occur from drowning in floodwaters.

Onslow County spokesman Cornelius Jordan said some visitors at the Triangle Motor Inn were able to drive away on their own, but emergency personnel had to take others to a safe location.

The deadly storm made landfall on the east coast of the United States on Friday bringing with it "biblical" flooding on what's been described as a "thousand-year rain event".

"It's the rain that effects and can kill you more than the wind can in a hurricane".

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, authorities said.

However, a video of a weather reporter's live segment on the hurricane went viral for the wrong reasons.

The flooding in both affected coastal states will continue in the coming days as Florence continues to work its way into the mainland from the coast.

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