Swollen rivers near record levels as Florence looms

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 19, 2018

He also said officials were working on "other contingencies to support Wilmington on the ocean side".

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday.

North Carolina emergency response department officials said that 23 truckloads of Meals, Ready to Eat - packaged USA military rations - and crates of bottled water had been sent into Wilmington. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states. Most of the outages were in North Carolina.

Members of the Coast Guard help a stranded motorist in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina.

There is an "elevated risk for landslides" in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia, as well as danger of "catastrophic and life-threatening flash flooding" in parts of the Carolinas, it said. More dams have been built on numerous rivers that snake through the state, and improved forecasting tools have made it easier to position rescue teams.

Though slow-moving Florence has moved into the US northeast, allowing glimpses of sunlight in the waterlogged state, at least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days, the state said.

Appalachian Power reported more than 7,000 Virginia customers were without power early Tuesday.

Florence has now weakened into a tropical depression with winds of 30mph (45km/h), according to the National Hurricane Centre. That has hampered efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow residents to homes.

Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin assessing the impact of Tropical Storm Florence.

30-year-old Rhonda R. Hartley died early Sunday after driving a pickup truck into standing water near Gilbert, South Carolina, losing control and hitting a tree, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Other roads and facilities have remained open, including the Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers.

Almost 1 million people had lost power as of Saturday.

Union County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Underwood said a woman and her child were on their way to visit relatives when she drove past some barricades on highway 218 in northern Union County.

The woman's vehicle was swept off the road by the floodwaters, pinning it against a group of trees. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland) High winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

What is the latest on the storm?

WBTV reports that the CSX train derailed Sunday evening in Anson County, east of the state's largest city of Charlotte.

The derailment led to at least one road closure.

Flood and flash flood warnings remain in effect for much of North Carolina. "You don't expect to see the ocean this calm".

Four of us died in SC, along with a girl whose automobile hit a fallen tree.In Fayetteville, a North Carolina metropolis of about 210,000 of us some 145km inland, authorities told thousands of residents terminate to the Cape Distress River and Cramped River to get out of their properties by Sunday afternoon as a result of flood threat."In case you are refusing to proceed in the route of this obligatory evacuation, you might possibly like to manufacture things cherish divulge your exact subsequent of household people for the reason that lack of existence is terribly, very doubtless", Mayor Mitch Colvin stated at a recordsdata convention on Saturday."The worst is yet to come."In Leland, a low-lying metropolis north of Wilmington, properties and native businesses were engulfed by water on Sunday.Gasoline stations were abandoned, with many pumps keeled over, and trees cluttered many roads, making them impassable".

Thousands of people living within a mile of part of the Cape Fear River and Little River have been ordered to leave their homes.

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