‘Florence’ death toll swells to 14 as rivers rise in North Carolina
- Author: Santos West Sep 17, 2018,
Sep 17, 2018, 0:47
At least eight killed as Florence, downgraded to a tropical storm, continues to risk causing catastrophic flooding. "I think we're OK".
With extreme flooding threatening to cut off Myrtle Beach from the rest of the state, SC officials are scrambling to find a solution as Tropical Storm Florence moves slowly through the region.
"Right now, we are thinking that there will tens of thousands of homes that are going to be damaged", he said.
Florence's risky flooding "is only going to get worse", North Carolina's director of emergency management warned Saturday as massive amounts of rain devastate the state.
"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said. "If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water".
Road access to Wilmington has also been cut off, since US-74 in Columbus County closed, Trogdon said.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.
"The sad thing is that this is a low income area - a lot of people just don't have insurance but they are too attached to their homes and families to leave".
At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
As the United States dealt with Florence, a super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday after barreling past Hong Kong and Macau and killing dozens of people in the Philippines.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Saturday announced the death of a 61-year-old woman who died when her auto hit a downed tree on a highway.
"I don't see any portion of the state of North or SC that's not going to be impacted in some way", said Cline.
In addition, the flood danger is not only in the coast - Pfaff said the storm impacts could be felt inland as far north as Virginia and West Virgina. "We face walls of water".
Environmentalists have been warning for decades that Duke's coal ash ponds were vulnerable to severe storms and pose a threat to drinking water supplies and public safety.
"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them you are risking your life", Gov. Roy Cooper said.
Florence is projected to migrate at barely more than a walking pace across northern SC, passing close to the city of Florence - truly - on Saturday.
As excessive rainfall swept over west central North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, the Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency for parts of the Charlotte area, this most severe type of flood alert. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports some parts of North Carolina could see total rainfall accumulations of 30-40 inches.
The aquatic mammals are seen swimming against the current of the storm surge as it pounds the coastline near Wilmington, North Carolina, yesterday.
As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.
More than 100 people were rescued and up to 75 more were awaiting rescue on Saturday morning, according to a town official. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.