Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

RECORD levels of rainfall PLAGUE the Carolinas region

RECORD levels of rainfall PLAGUE the Carolinas region

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane that its devastation was far from over, as Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the eastern United States, bringing catastrophic flooding.

In North Carolina alone, there were 777,937 power outages as of 1:20 p.m. ET, according to North Carolina's Department of Public Safety. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Photos and videos from around the region, and particularly North Carolina, showed the power that Florence contained as it came ashore, leading to rescues across the area. About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters. "Extensive, prolonged flooding of rivers and creek flooding will also occur".

"That's why I got this thing, to use in times like this", he said. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life".

As a top producer of hogs, North Carolina faces the distinct possibility of getting inundated with nasty pollutants through hog feces that overflow into Florence's floodwaters.

In North Carolina, at least five deaths are related to the storm - but "several others are under investigation", Cooper said.

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

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Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

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

Mother Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby, Zac, were killed after being trapped inside their home in Wilmington when a tree fell onto the roof at around 9.30am on Friday.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

In Lenoir County a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords and another man died after being blown away by high winds while checking on his dogs.

Officials in SC said a 61-year-old woman died when her vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Union.

When Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Caroline, Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel was out in the storm reporting live.

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., on September 14, 2018. The crews tried to move the debris with a front loader, but a tree went through the windshield, causing further delays, the officials said. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

The federal government's approval late Friday of a major disaster declaration in North Carolina means immediate funds can go to help with damage repairs and recovery for eight coastal counties, Cooper said.

U.S. correspondent Cordelia Lynch, who is in New Bern, said: "This community in the weeks and months to come is up against a great deal of flooding". The figure for SC was 170,000. Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.

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