Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Some towns have received more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains with as much as 3½ feet (1 meter) of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week. At least five people are dead, including a baby.

"Rivers are rising to risky levels, and the relentless rains will continue through the weekend", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned on Friday.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

Serious flooding is expected in inland areas of the two states, with waters already rising in communities such as Conway, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach - and some rivers may not crest for another three to five days. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

Rescued families were delivered to shelters, where approximately 20,000 people across the state were housed on Saturday.

Storm Florence may have weakened but the full extent of the damage it has wreaked may not become clear for days.

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SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas.

"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said.

Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. The father was hospitalized with injuries.

The small town of Hamlet in Richmond County, North Carolina, for example, is full of toxic emitters: within its borders are a chicken processing plant, an energy company and a wood pellet manufacturer that broke ground within the past few years.

Two men died in Lenoir County, North Carolina.

"These are bad times and now all I can do is just pray not only for me but for everybody around me", he said.

Rainfall also is swelling waterways: Meteorologist Ryan Maue of calculated that 34 million people in the USA are forecast to get at least 3 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence, with more than 5.7 million people probably getting at least a foot of rain.

And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it.

"You can walk faster than this storm is moving", said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

As they waited for emergency workers, they heard neighbors screaming for help. Local media said she suffered a heart attack. "We're asking people, please stay off the streets unless it is an absolute emergency", he said.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute. Storm surges, flash floods and winds scattered destruction widely and the Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles to conduct rescues Saturday.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River. "I have no money, no job, no connections", Tony Clower, a homeless Kinston, North Carolina, resident, told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

It's not just rain in the local area that will torment Conway, forecasters warn.

"Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read. Dozens of electric fix trucks massed to respond to damage expected to hit central North Carolina as rainwater collected into rivers headed to the coast.

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