Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Florence causes near-record rain totals, river flooding in NC

Florence causes near-record rain totals, river flooding in NC

Deadly Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, bringing damaging winds, relentless rain and storm surges.

Although there were no known fatalities from Florence, emergency personnel rescued 800 people from flooded homes during the storm, Stephens said.

A Coast Guard crew from New Jersey helped a woman trapped in her home. It was not clear how long he had been stranded. More rain and flooding is expected in the days to come, as the now-tropical depression slowly heads towards the Ohio Valley.

The city's Cape Fear River is the biggest worry. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing because the rivers are still rising". State officials said there had been a small dam breach that did not cause any significant damage and they were monitoring other structures closely.

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"Our roads are flooded", said Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County. "So we are trying to get it dried out, so we can... get open and get everything squared away", said restaurant owner Raymond Karem.

"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city", he said. Power is still out for the majority of residents, and the ongoing flooding will make it hard for the power company to begin work to restore downed lines. Other fatalities were from drowning, trees falling, and downed power lines. The smell of broken pine trees wafted through damaged neighbourhoods.

"BREAKING. We've observed a one-minute period of sunshine at the NWS Raleigh office", the NWS said on Twitter. Harvey's total of 60.58 inches (60.5 centimetres) previous year in Texas is No. 1.

WWAY-TV in Wilmington reported that engineers braved the wrath of Hurricane Florence to switch the transmitters to generator power after electricity to the site went out.

"It's all kind of a blur", Monroe said.

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Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (35 kph). Some areas have received over 30 inches of rain. She was able to free 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch from his auto seat and escape. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina's western mountains feared landslides. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.

For many, the water is not the only hazard, but also the loss of power. "In many parts of North Carolina the danger is still immediate". Please note "Hurricane Florence Relief Fund" in the memo area of each check. Most of those were the southwestern part of the state.

Emergency officials had difficulty keeping up with the scope of the spreading disaster.

The Lumber River at Lumberton was at 6.71 metres, 7cm above the old record and maybe more dramatically, 2.75 metres above flood level.

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