Rising flood waters from Florence menace Carolinas

Katie Ramirez
September 18, 2018

Florence's remnants, described by the National Weather Service as a post-tropical cyclone, rolled over the northeast United States, hitting parts of southern NY and northern Pennsylvania.

Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 26 in North Carolina and six in SC. However, Hurricane Florence was deadly in terms of the amount of rain it produced, causing water damage.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday, including portions of Interstates 40 and 95.

With the rain and winds headed north, some residents in North and SC started to return to their homes as the sun peeked through the clouds briefly for the first time in days.

The Hornets and National Basketball Association merchandising partner Fanatics have also designed a special T-shirt featuring the Hornets logo in the middle of the states of North and SC surrounded by the words "Carolina Strong".

The power and danger of slow-moving flood water isn't as easy to visually grasp as, say, a news reporter braving vicious winds to demonstrate the effect.

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by flood waters early on Monday. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, where dozens of buildings were destroyed, the National Weather Service reported.

He said Tuesday that the 26th victim is a 71-year-old man who died Sunday when his auto ran off North Carolina Highway 210 in Pender County and into floodwaters.

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Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday.

Widespread flooding has already reached roofs, turned highways into rivers and left thousands to be saved by rescue workers.

"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe, " Trump said.

Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard.

The videos sees the dogs whimper as they see a volunteer rescuer Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas wade in the knee-deep water towards them to come to their aid. "I can't thank the first responders enough".

The Cape Fear River at Chinquapin was up to 7.38 metres on Sunday morning, 22cm into a new record, and again, a dramatic 3.42m above flood level.

About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.

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