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

SC governor gives update on Florence response at 2:30 PM

SC governor gives update on Florence response at 2:30 PM

"We are expecting several more days of rain, and our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said as the relenting storm puttered slowly west near the SC border.

Having already drawn widespread criticism from members of his own party earlier this week for a claim made without evidence that the death toll was ginned up by Democrats in order to slime him, Trump once again tried to cast doubt on the estimated 2,975 killed by Hurricane Maria in the USA territory.

A slowing tropical storm Florence continues to creep along the Carolinas today.

Authorities in SC reported one death, saying a woman was killed when her vehicle struck a fallen tree. Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding.

Yet a day after landfall the faster-moving Mangkhut was back out over open water - weakened, but headed across the South China Sea toward China. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak". It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

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. On Thursday, the president was criticized by members of his own party, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, for claiming the Hurricane Maria death toll was a lie.

Hurricane Florence from space
President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, which frees up the way for federal aid. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is unclear how many did.

A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department saidon TwitterFriday afternoon. The man's family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC. "We face walls of water".

As many as seven deaths have been attributed to the storm so far.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said.

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The 18th century town, with a population of 30,000, has been badly flooded, with 4,200 homes damaged.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of said Florence could dump a staggering 68 trillion litres of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. Two others died in Harkers Island, North Carolina. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.

A pickup is submerged in floodwaters in Lumberton, N.C., September 15, 2018, in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.

As 645-kilometre-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, while many of their neighbours awaited help. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper predicted that tens of thousands of homes and businesses would be flooded in his state. The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

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