More days of flooding ahead for Carolinas, surrounding states

Cesar Mills
Сентября 17, 2018

Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) said Sunday that the eastern part of the state has been significantly damaged following severe flooding and unsafe winds from Tropical Storm Florence. "The Cape Fear, Lumber, Neuse, Yadkin, and portions of the Rocky River and the South Fork of the Catawba River, are still rising, and not expected to crest until later today, or tomorrow".

More than 900 people were rescued from rising flood waters and 15,000 remained in shelters in the state, Cooper told a news conference on Sunday.

Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence's still-rising floodwaters, as rescuers elsewhere used helicopters and boats to pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers. The woman had driven around barricades to get on a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.

In Wilmington, citizens who had determined not to evacuate were lining as much as getting ice from a vending device - $2 for a 16-pound (7.2-kilo) bag. "It's just better for us to stay at home", she said.

Fresh evacuations were ordered further inland as rivers crested and spilled out of their banks.

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Tens of thousands of homes were damaged and at least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

Hurricane Florence is continuing to make itself felt throughout the country with rain from the storm spreading from the Appalachians to the Northeast and the Ohio Valley, according to The Weather Channel. We're going to have to sort out the crop damage.

Gas stations were abandoned and fallen trees made many roads impassable.

More than 4,300 homes were damaged or destroyed in the storm and over 300 businesses faced the same fate, he said. And that has led to a growing number of power outages. "When you see stuff hit stuff, that creates more pressure", Simms said. "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said. When the sun finally comes out later this week, it's going to take a long time to dry out. Police guarded the door of one store, and only 10 people were allowed inside at a time. That has seen the band of flood risk shift north with the most likely areas for flooding being between northwest North Carolina and southern New England before the storm eventually dies out, something that authorities predict will happen at some point on Tuesday.

"If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water", he said.

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Swelling rivers and creeks threatened dams and bridges. But so far officials said the state's many lagoons of toxic hog waste had withstood the storm.

Florence made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, even as it continued to wreak havoc along the East Coast, downing trees and power lines and forcing 20,000 people to flee to shelters.

Currently, the storm is travelling westwards at 13 kph setting its sights on Charlotte in North Carolina, with winds measuring 61 kph.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday.

Mr Trump, who plans to visit the region this week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who died.

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