Hurricane Florence could devastate poor communities of color, experts warn
Hurricane Florence could devastate poor communities of color, experts warn
Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas
16 September, 2018, 13:42
Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 30 centimetres to 1 metre as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.
Heavy rains and storm surge created destructive flooding of several feet throughout the Carolina coast.
WILSON, N.C: Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.
The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday (September 15), then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.
The huge levels of rainfall are a result of the storm surge created by the risky tropical weather, which has claimed the lives of 11 people.
Other areas throughout the region reported flooded and impassable roads, downed trees and power lines and power outages of more than 125,000 customers.
The monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to one meter.
-Three people died in Duplin County, North Carolina because of "flash flooding and swift water on roadways", the Duplin County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page. Now its maximum sustained winds are about 50mph (80km/h) and it's a tropical storm.
"If it goes up to my front step, I have to get out", Quinton Washington said.
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimeters).
In Lenoir County, North Carolina a person died while plugging in a generator.
In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims.
Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began.
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Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.
"I can not overstate it: flood waters are rising".
The storm's arrival brought a 105 miles per hour wind gust at the NWS office about 7 a.m. Friday, said meteorologist Jordan Baker.
The page says service animals aren't barred from evacuation shelters, beaches shouldn't be used for sand bags, and evacuation orders aren't enforced by FEMA.
Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.
At 5 am Sunday, Florence was about 20 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of Columbia, South Carolina.
The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water".
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Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. Some of Florence's behavior, both what has been seen so far and what experts expect, show the influence of climate change.
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A mother and infant were killed by a fallen tree on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to local police. Among those volunteers was the Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue organization formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Even if the system doesn't develop into a cyclone, it's expected to increase chances of rain in the area for Friday and Saturday. According to the latest Hurricane Florence satellite images, the massive storm is now heading towards North and SC and Virginia.
The agency said it is prepared for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit North and SC , and Virginia on Thursday or Friday. The department has the authority to move funds around internally with the approval of Congress and transfers are not unusual.
United States media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs. In Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after paramedics were not able to get to her.
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