Hurricane Florence: North Carolina devastated by ‘CATASTROPHIC’ floods

Ruben Ruiz
September 15, 2018

Firefighters look into a home that a large tree fell on that has three people trapped after Hurricane Florence hit the area on September 14, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

NEW BERN OVERWHELMEDIn New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said.

On Friday morning, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing extreme winds, surging seas, and huge amounts of rain to the coast.

The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as one metre in some places. Duke Energy expects between 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses to lose power.

North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power. "You can never predict what a hurricane is going to do but I'm just not going to run away from this". "If the number seems really insane high, you always have to have some suspicion until we can actually get out and verify it".

Craven County emergency crews put out the message to people stranded to shelter in place, as 150 people were waiting for help before midnight Thursday. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation. The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but was downgraded Thursday night to a Category 1 storm. It also led many people to mock the reporter for his demeanor reporting on the storm.

"Heavy rain has been occurring in and around Oriental, North Carolina, where 20.37 inches of rainfall has been measured thus far", the National Hurricane Center said in an update.

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The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state. Cooper says officials are also in the process of opening more shelters because demand is expected to continue to increase.

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Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

By 5 a.m., about 200 people had been rescued from flooded homes in New Bern, where the National Weather Service reported 10 feet of inundation. But the hurricane had slowed to a crawl as it traced the North Carolina-South Carolina shoreline, drenching coastal communities for hours on end.

The storm was expected to head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house. "This will cause extremely risky flooding", the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned.

North Carolina utilities have estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

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