Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

16 September, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Volunteers rescuing residents from their flooded homes in New Bern North Carolina last Friday. The storm surge had overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers

As of 8 p.m., Florence was centered about 65 miles (100 kilometers) east-southeast of Columbia, the SC capital, crawling west at 2 mph (4 kph) - not even as fast as a person walking. It was crawling west-southwest at 3 miles per hour, lifting huge amounts of ocean moisture and dumping it far from the coast.

Tropical storm-force winds stretched up to 150 miles (240 kph) from the storm's center.

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., on September 14, 2018.

Record flooding is expected on North Carolina's Cape Fear River in the coming week, and signs of the coming flood are already apparent. He made the declaration Friday.

In towns like New Bern that are already underwater, the river isn't expected to reach its highest level for a couple of days. "Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today".

Flash flood are expected to his the south-east coast as the storm moves across land. Swansboro, a town near North Carolina's coast, received 30.58 inches of rainfall as of Saturday morning, setting a record for tropical storm-associated rainfall in the state, meteorologist David Roth said. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said. 'As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread.

The city of New Bern, North Carolina, reported more than 1,200 911 calls in a 12-hour span, and roughly 4,300 residences and 300 commercial buildings damaged.

Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, part of a team using a phone app to locate people in distress.

Jacob Fernandez (left) and Josh Fernandez play around on the tree that fell near their home as Hurricane Florence passed through the area on Friday in Bolivia, N.C.

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"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy carried out in a life vest.

So far this year there have been 23 named storms in the Western Pacific and 10 in the Atlantic, both regions more than 30 percent busier than average years.

But for many residents in the low-income communities most threatened by the storm's wake of devastation, evacuation was never a possibility. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm, but warned it would dump as much as 76cm to 102cm of rain on the south-eastern coast of North Carolina and parts of north-eastern SC.

The page says service animals aren't barred from evacuation shelters, beaches shouldn't be used for sand bags, and evacuation orders aren't enforced by FEMA.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the US electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

Warning of the storm's continued threat to life, Governor Roy Cooper said: "More people now face imminent threat than when the storm was offshore".

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