Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 16, 2018

Thousands of people living near North Carolina's rising rivers were ordered evacuated Saturday as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that the state could be in for the most destructive flooding in its history.

NOAA NOAA / Reuters Hurricane Florence is shown from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) #GOESEast satellite shortly after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, US, 14 September.

Florence made landfall on the East Coast Friday morning with wind speeds of 195 miles per hour.

At one point, the 350-mile-wide but slow-moving storm packed winds so fierce that "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor almost lost contact with CBS News' New York studio during the morning broadcast.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. He warned that rivers continue to rise after the heaviest rains have fallen.

In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days. "People that live in flood-prone areas near creeks and rivers need to be prepared".

Utility crews worked to restore electricity.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

A state of emergency is in effect in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

As of 2:00 pm (1800 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 flooding". 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.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia.

At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby.

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A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her vehicle struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.

An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in rising flood waters on Saturday morning after Florence struck Wilmington, N.C. On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

Power outages affecting more than 900,000 in Carolinas. The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way.

The Washington Post reports that, according to preliminary reports submitted to the National Weather Service, Florence's 30 inches of rainfall in North Carolina has broken the statewide rainfall record set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 of 24.06 inches.

Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern. Areas from Wilmington through Fayetteville to Charlotte will experience 500-year to 1,000-year flood events, he said. "This one ended up in the middle of S. Front St!"

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

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