Carolinas flood after Florence

Carolinas flood after Florence

Carolinas flood after Florence

Florence is now a tropical depression, but continues to dump buckets of rain on parts of the southeastern United States, after the devastating storm killed at least 13 people, flooded towns and highways and knocked out power to more than 800,000 homes.

"We've been through hurricanes here but we've never had it come anywhere close to this", she said. When the sun finally comes out later this week, it's going to take a long time to dry out.

As the historic rains and flooding only very slowly ease along the North Carolina coast through Sunday night, serious flooding is predicted to spread farther inland.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.

Coast Guard shallow water response team from across the Coast Guard have rescued 60 people and 71 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.

A pickup is submerged in floodwaters in Lumberton, N.C., September 15, 2018, in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane agency said it expects Florence will dump up to another 25 centimeters of rain on central and western North Carolina, on top of the 38 to 50 centimeters that has already fallen on the region.

The major highways into the area, Interstate 40 and US 74, were not accessible, officials said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against such behavior as roads became increasingly risky. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.

James Berthold checks on his van stuck in floodwaters in Newport, N.C. Weary, drenched coastal cities were scenes of daring rescues.

Rescue crews negotiated downed trees and power lines to reach stranded residents, Mayor Bill Saffo told WHQR radio.

"Our roads are flooded", he said.

Officials urged people who had been evacuated to stay away.

"Our roads are flooded", Woody White, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said Sunday at a news conference. We are here for you and stand ready to help. Authorities in the USA state of North Carolina have warned residents that flooding could get worse.

-30-year-old Rhonda R Hartley died early on Sunday after driving a pickup truck into standing water near Gilbert, South Carolina, losing control and hitting a tree, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Florence set a record in the state for rain from a hurricane, surpassing the previous record of 24 inches (61 cm) set by Hurricane Floyd, which killed 56 people in 1999, said Bryce Link, a meteorologist with private forecasting service DTN Marine Weather.

The death toll from Hurricane Florence and its remnants has risen to 17 as officials say a 3-month-old died in North Carolina when a tree landed on a mobile home.

Additionally, a few tornadoes "remain possible" Sunday and Monday across North Carolina and eastern SC.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River Inlet. They might not know when they'll get back to school.

Images captured by Associated Press journalists show flooding caused by Florence in the Carolinas and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines.

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