Storm Florence: Disaster declared in North Carolina
Sep 18 2018 by Elias Hubbard
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She lives in Ridgeland 30 miles from the coast of SC.
"Hurricane Florence is expected to leave widespread damage across much of the Atlantic seaboard", the Upper Cumberland Electric release states.
The storm, which is headed towards SC, is forecast to drop heavy rain for days, and officials warned Saturday that the flooding was only just starting.
Roy Cooper confirmed one of the deaths occurred in Lenoir County, when someone was plugging in a generator, according to a press release.
Helicopter crews have carried out dozens of missions in coastal North Carolina and helped in the rescue of 50 people and eight pets, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard. And nearly 60,000 utility customers were without power across the northern part of the state.
Emergency management officials and nonprofit groups aren't waiting for Florence's rains to end or floodwaters to recede before starting to help people recover from the storm.
Most of the rivers in northeast SC and eastern North Carolina are experiencing moderate to major flooding and, in some cases, many continue rising well into next week as floodwaters from the interior flow downstream. Already, the event has already broken North Carolina's state record for most rain in a tropical storm or hurricane, with a preliminary report over 30 inches.
More than 30 inches (75cm) of rain has fallen across North and SC since Friday, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.
Kenneth Campbell had donned waterproof waders intending to check out his home in Lumberton, but he didn't bother when he saw the Coast Guard and murky waters in his neighborhood. Harvey dropped 60.58 inches of rain past year in Texas, setting the state's new record. Lane just last month dropped a maximum of 52.02 inches of rain in Hawaii, breaking the state record.
A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, NC, when a tree fell on their house, WECT reported. Some of the heavier bands have shifted toward Fayetteville, Charlotte and Raleigh.
An additional 6 to 10 inches of rain is still possible along the southeast border of North Carolina and SC.
It has caused catastrophic flooding since arriving as a category one hurricane on Friday.
All roadways in the state are at varying degrees of risk for flash flooding through Sunday, with major river flooding anticipated into early next week.
Lumber River was rising faster than officials expected.
The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Washington D.C., declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.
A tattered American flag after Hurricane Florence in Jacksonville N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
Rivers are swelling toward record levels, forecaster warn, and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring some of the most destructive flooding in North Carolina history.
Three more people died in Duplin County due to flash flooding, according to a post on the sheriff's department's Facebook page.
Cape Fear could crest around 62 feet, officials said, which would be higher than the 58 feet seen during Hurricane Matthew.
Jason Weinmann is using a military transport vehicle he bought at a government auction to whisk away New Bern, North Carolina, residents stranded by Tropical Storm Florence. The storm was moving at 2 miles per hour.
West-central Virginia into far eastern West Virginia, north of Roanoke and west of Charlottesville, will see 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, with some isolated areas seeing 8 inches. Nearby counties have gotten, 13 inches, and rain is expected to come down for the rest of the weekend. Totals could exceed 4 inches locally for inland NY and MA.