Tropical Storm 'Florence' Leaves Five Dead, Communities Flooded in North, South Carolina

Katie Ramirez
September 17, 2018

A disaster has been declared by US President Donald Trump in eight counties in North Carolina - a move that will help free up federal funding for recovery efforts. While the amount is unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Another person died in a shelter at West Brunswick High School Thursday morning, however, their death was not related to the hurricane.

Jennifer Morales, 20, her husband and their young son were also evacuated from their home.

"We knew going into this, this was a potential and we were going to make sure we had enough resources out there to protect the property as best we could, so that people had evacuated, heeded the warnings and made sure they took safe shelter, didn't have to worry about their property", he said. Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths. Local media said she suffered a heart attack.

She said she called 911, but no one came. It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

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.

It's not just rain in the local area that will torment Conway, forecasters warn. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

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About 70 miles (115 kilometers) away from the coast, residents near the Lumber River stepped from their homes directly into boats floating in their front yards; river forecasts showed the scene could be repeated in towns as far as 250 miles inland as waters rise for days.

Volunteers and city workers filled sandbags this morning. Riding in the back of Weinmann's truck, she said.

Florence "will continue to track slowly inland through the Carolinas this weekend", the National Weather Service said in its 8:00 a.m. update Saturday.

As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC, the National Hurricane Center said. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state". Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path.

As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.

North Carolina Army National Guard soldiers were sent to a home along the 100 block of El Nora Lane in Otway, North Carolina, on Friday in reference to two deaths there. You can help those impacted by the hurricane by donating to the American Red Cross or donating blood at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.

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