Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state

Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state

And weather officials said more is coming, labeling as "extreme" the impacts from storm surge and flash flooding.

Meanwhile, tragedy struck one family in Wilmington when a tree fell on a house; a mother and a child were killed.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. But determining the role of global warming in a specific storm such as Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut is not so simple - at least not without detailed statistical and computer analyses.

The governor said half a million people in North Carolina were without power and the Neuse River had seen storm surge as high as 10 feet.

"Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood".

Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power.

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

Weinmann, a 47-year-old retired Marine, bought the vehicle 10 years ago and used it to reach people who asked to be rescued Friday.

"To make this work, we have to build dams to hold the floodwaters back off the road and keep the road operational", Hall said Saturday. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.


More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

The warmer air and water also makes storms more intense or stronger, Stott said. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack. Florence, meanwhile, was still plodding across SC at a pace slower than a normal person walks.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

The president may travel to the region next week, the White House has said.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got over 30 inches and counting, eclipsing the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state. As of Saturday afternoon, the death count in the Philippines was a bit higher, although still far below that of other storms that have hit the disaster-prone island nation. They are part of Cajun Navy which is an informal volunteer group set up after Hurricane Katrina.

Florence made landfall near Wilmington, N.C., on morning Friday as a Category 1 storm. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC, the National Hurricane Center said.

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