Florence continues to wreak havoc in North and SC

Katie Ramirez
September 17, 2018

Interested in Hurricane Florence? He predicted that the bad weather from Florence will be gone by Wednesday, at the latest. The center was located approximately 20 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina, as of 5 a.m.

Florence has been blamed for 13 deaths in the Carolinas.

Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy" - civilians equipped with light boats, canoes and air mattresses - who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.

A baby boy is among 17 people killed as rain and flooding from storm Florence continues to cause chaos in the US.

"I have never seen flash flooding like this in our state", said state North Carolina Transport Secretary Jim Trogdon.

Rainfall has totaled over 20 inches in several locations, while some have seen more than 30 inches. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina's western mountains feared landslides.

A pickup is submerged in floodwaters in Lumberton, N.C., September 15, 2018, in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

"Every major route, and those around them, to the coast is flooded", tweeted the North Carolina Department of Transportation about conditions in eastern North Carolina.

Florence also now stands as the sixth-highest tropical cyclone rainfall total across the US for records dating back to 1950.

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, according to reports.

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As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. "And numerous rivers will see prolonged flooding".

The death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to eight on Saturday, local media said.

In the past year, Florence marks the third tropical system to set a new state rainfall record after Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Lane in Hawaii. "More and more inland counties are issuing mandatory evacuations to get people to safety quickly".

Jeff Pyron, left, and Daniel Lilly cover Lilly's roof after Hurricane Florence hit Davis N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

"The water... has gone up 10-15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) in a few days and it's supposed to keep rising for a few days". This will cause devastating flooding across much of Onslow County with travel made impossible and many homes completely flooded.

Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighbourhood looking for residents in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Waccamaw River, near Conway, South Carolina, will rise near record levels by the end of the week.

Of particular concern were the risks to dams, already stressed by heavy rainfall from a tropical storm earlier in the month, he said, urging citizens to heed official warnings about what was now a "flood event".

Florence is still moving very slowly inland.

It was expected to accelerate to the north on Sunday night and then turn eastward across southern New England on Tuesday.

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