Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Florence downgraded to tropical storm, but will continue to threaten Carolinas

Florence downgraded to tropical storm, but will continue to threaten Carolinas

The program was used in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Authorities expect the death toll to rise in the coming days. And that's when people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled.

With close to 90 of the state's 100 counties setting up their emergency management offices for this storm, all signs point to an even longer recovery from Florence.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday.

Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers". We got thrown into mailboxes.

In the United States, "you can't move houses, but people can move out of the way", reflecting mounting damages from storms and often lower losses in life, Vecchi said.

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Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. Can't connect right now! A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina .


Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion litres) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water.

"So dramatic!" one social media user tweeted with the video.

Horry County officials told The Sun News that emergency personnel are still responding to calls and never stopped.

A friend later tweeted that the woman and her family had been rescued.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate and the flooding for the next few days can be the most destructive in the state's history.

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Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.

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. He drifted off to sleep.

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 barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes. He made a plan B: If the water reached the house, he'd take the pets upstairs to the second floor. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

They have made clear that this event is all about the water - which the storm has delivered in devastating quantity.

Florence "will continue to track slowly inland through the Carolinas this weekend", the National Weather Service said in its 8:00 a.m. update Saturday.

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