Florence Flooding In The Carolinas: ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’

Katie Ramirez
September 18, 2018

On Friday, 47-year-old Jason Wienmann was in New Bern, North Carolina, driving through flooded neighborhoods to rescue stranded residents, CNN reported.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference.

"The floodwaters were rising so I figured I better get out of there", he said.

North Carolina environmental regulators said several open-air manure pits at hog farms had been breached and were spilling pollution.

The Swansboro total is the most for any tropical storm or hurricane north of Florida along the East Coast and represents a new two-day and three-day rainfall record for North Carolina. "And numerous rivers will see prolonged flooding, some not cresting for a few days".

"This is a monumental disaster for our state", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.

The storm's death toll, including those caused by fallen trees and electrocutions, rose to at least 19 by Monday morning, according to reports.

"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet", he said.

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy said that the amphibious attack assault ship USS Kearsarge and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington are available to provide support if it's requested by civilian officials.

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wilmington, North Carolina, making it the epicenter of the destruction.

Rescue teams searched overnight for a 1-year-old boy swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's vehicle off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

"We still have no water and power, so I'm happy to help if I can, there's nothing else to do", he said.

Forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come. "We have our dogs and our property, so we stay", 57-year-old Kenan Chance said.

Authorities say a couple have died in SC after using a generator inside their home during Florence. As this storm continues to churn through North Carolina, it has dumped almost two feet or more of rain in many places.

"And when that flooding gets here, it can last up to 10 to 12 days or longer, from what we are being told".

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina. 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", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Fox News on Sunday.

In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence.

In many areas, the brief period of the sun was wiped out by more rain but some evacuated residents were able to return to their homes to assess the damage.

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