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

SC officials: 3 Florence-related deaths reported in state

SC officials: 3 Florence-related deaths reported in state

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.

- A woman who suffered cardiac arrest in Hampstead, in North Carolina's Pender County. "We could see more flooding then".

- A man who was killed while checking on his dogs in Lenoir County, North Carolina.

Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home. The child's father was taken to a hospital. The cause of death for the second person is unknown.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders. According to Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson, 23-year-old Michael Dalton Prince was a passenger in the truck, which lost control on a flooded two-lane road early Sunday.

Indeed, many say the worst is yet to come.

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It left people trapped in flooded homes as it caused carnage in North and SC and Virginia.

Fayetteville city officials, meanwhile, got help from the Nebraska Task Force One search and rescue team to evacuate 140 residents of an assisted-living facility to a safer location at a church.

Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday and was crawling west at 8 miles per hour.

Their entire neighbourhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

NCDOT also said drivers who would otherwise travel through the state are being detoured entirely around the state, and identifying detours around Interstates 95, 40, 85, 77 and 26 is becoming increasingly hard as the storm continues moving westward.

Officials have declared states of emergency in several states, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

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New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said 455 people had been rescued in the town of 30,000 residents without any serious injuries or deaths. Forecasters Saturday expected another 15 inches (nearly 40 centimeters) in parts of the Carolinas. Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of the risk of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled.

Officials say the biggest worry in coming days is the flooding of inland rivers.

Major river flooding is expected on some rivers from southern Virginia to northern SC, including most of North Carolina. Harvey dropped 60.58 inches of rain previous year in Texas, setting the state's new record. There have been at least 10 deaths reported in North Carolina, bringing the storms toll to 13 total.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday.

In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and businesses were engulfed by water that rose up to 10 feet (3 meters) over Highway 17, submerging stop signs in what local people called unprecedented flooding.

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, NC, early Friday. While Florence has been downgraded from a major hurricane, its slow movement and massive amounts of rain is expected to cause more flooding than has been seen in at least a lifetime. But with half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it onshore.

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"What we want to try to do is to minimize the time that people spend in their shelters that they're in right now", Sprayberry said.

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