Death toll rise to 13, Florence continues to wreak havoc in US

Christopher Davidson
September 16, 2018

Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, is tearing through the Carolinas with heavy rainfall and 50 miles per hour wind.

Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence's rising floodwaters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm's epic deluge swelled rivers and creeks across the Carolinas. That could affect the infrastructure, bridges, residences, farms and other buildings, Dahler said.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak".

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, triggering risky flooding, knocking out power in almost 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths.

WILMINGTON: Florence barreled into the Carolina coast and moved inland on Friday, knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

Authorities expect the death toll to rise in the coming days. At least five people are dead, including a baby.

U.S. media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs. The man's family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail.

At least 14 deaths from the storm have been confirmed, including a man and a woman in Houry County who died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Meanwhile, in SC, at least one gator seemed to be cool with the outer bands of wind and rain that whipped the Myrtle Beach area.

Hurricanes usually drive people away from Florida, but Florence is making the Sunshine State into a refuge for people from the Carolinas.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Environmentalists have been warning for decades that Duke's coal ash ponds were vulnerable to severe storms and pose a threat to drinking water supplies and public safety.

Rescued families were delivered to shelters, where approximately 20,000 people across the state were housed on Saturday.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm, but warned it would dump as much as 76cm to 102cm of rain on the south-eastern coast of North Carolina and parts of north-eastern SC. That's enough water to fill the Chesapeake Bay or to cover the state of Texas in 4 inches.

It was moving west at 2 miles per hour, the National Weather Service 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.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000. Heavy rains will continue to fall in the Carolinas and heavier rains are expected to spread into western parts of North Carolina, in addition to some parts of eastern Tennessee and eastern Georgia, Doll said. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel. Gov. Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come.

The small town of Hamlet in Richmond County, North Carolina, for example, is full of toxic emitters: within its borders are a chicken processing plant, an energy company and a wood pellet manufacturer that broke ground within the past few years.

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60 primary roads have been closes, with more closures expected.

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