Tropical Depression Florence Kills 17 & Smashes Rainfall Records in Carolinas

Katie Ramirez
September 18, 2018

Periods of heavy rain are possible from North Carolina through NY and New England.

Many residents of the Carolinas have seen hurricane flooding before, but they say they haven't seen anything like the deluge Florence has dropped over both states since making landfall late last week.

As many residents are awaiting to return home and see the damage that awaits them, organizations are jumping into action and residents in the Lowcountry are banding together to help those in need.

After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left almost a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ash-and authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come. "The state of North Carolina is going to be with New Bern and Craven County for the long haul", said Cooper.

Cooper said many roads are still closed throughout the state.

Across North Carolina, 26,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters after escaping their homes in advance of the flood waters.

Five dozen river locations were in flood stage Monday morning, 18 of which were in major flooding, which is typically characterized by catastrophic property inundation and evacuations.

Flood Watches extend from Virginia to MA.

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by flood waters early on Monday.

The death toll across North and SC reached 19 on Monday, the Charlotte Observer's Mark Price reported.

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The boy's mother drove around a barricade in the road and ended up stuck in rushing water on Sunday evening. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC at the centre.

Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.

"We're pushing hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles, so those have priority", he said.

The most rainfall recorded in SC was in the town of Loris, where 23.81 inches (0.6 meters) fell. He had been evacuated a day before by military troops in a truck.

Stein said his office is also getting reports of hotels over-charging evacuees. "I can't thank the first responders enough".

Three television stations in a hurricane-ravaged North Carolina city are about to go dark because there's no gas to keep their generators running.

Some half a million customers in the Carolinas were still without electricity on Monday, according to emergency officials.

At least 20 people are dead and 500,000 are without power as a result of Florence, the deadliest weather system to have hit the United States this year.

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.

By 5 am Monday, Florence's winds were about 45 kmph, the NWS said, with weakening forecast over the next 24 hours before intensifying again.

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