Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

Florence is 350 miles (560 km) wide and has travelled 4,000 miles across the ocean from west Africa.

The situation was looking dire Friday night for the people and more than 100 animals trapped inside a rapidly flooding North Carolina animal shelter in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The surges will be most harmful in North Carolina, with rain and flooding also making the dangerously high water levels even worse. These rains are expected to produce "prolonged, significant river flooding".

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

A day after Florence blew ashore in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and other rescue crews used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles to reach scores of people trapped on rooftops or otherwise caught in the floodwaters. "People that live in flood-prone areas near creeks and rivers need to be prepared".

Utility crews worked to restore electricity.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power.

"Right now we've rescued over 400 people".

As of 11:00 am (1500 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, but the NHC warned residents of risky storm surges and "catastrophic flash flooding".

The National Hurricane Center has revealed its latest projections for Tropical Storm Florence.

Tropical Storm Florence keeps drenching the central Carolinas, with an additional 10 to 15 inches of rain expected before it finally swings north over the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley on Monday. Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths.

"Maybe the communities of color that are expected to feel the greatest burden of a disaster like this don't have time to have a conversation like this with the media because they're fighting for their lives, they're fighting for their very survival", she said.

Officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state.

Officials in SC said a 61-year-old woman died when her auto struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Union. Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. He said "if those shelters fill up, we will establish more shelters".

Mike Pollack searches for a drain in the yard of his flooded waterfront home a day after Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 15, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Rain ranging from one to three and a half feet has already fallen, and it's not over.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said there was 10ft of water. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

Kim Adams wades through waist-deep floodwaters at her home in Southport, North Carolina.

"Our friend behind our old house, they have gators swimming in the water".

The White House said President Trump will tour areas affected by Florence next week, once it is determined that his visit will not disrupt rescue and recovery operations.

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