Florence Flooding In The Carolinas: ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’

Warnings of 'Catastrophic and Historic' Flooding as Experts Say Worst of Hurricane Florence Yet to Come

Warnings of 'Catastrophic and Historic' Flooding as Experts Say Worst of Hurricane Florence Yet to Come

At least 20 people are dead and 500,000 are without power as a result of Florence, the deadliest weather system to have hit the U.S. this year. "It's really going to take a while for the floodwaters to recede so that we can get in and conduct our damage assessment". Add in secondary roads, and almost 1,200 are closed, Trogdon said. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina's western mountains feared landslides.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in North Carolina, and now people and organizations across the nation are stepping up to help those affected by the storm.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people some 90 miles (145 km) inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.

The storm killed 17 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said.

Some stream gauges used to monitor river levels failed when they became submerged, but others showed water levels rising steadily, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest at or near record levels.

In some places, the rain finally stopped, and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

Roughly 14,000 people are also still in emergency shelters.

Thomas Hammett, of Otway, North Carolina, said he has been in the shelter for almost a week with his two children, Jerry, 11, Christopher, three.

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"We had to evacuate". "Some people have died down there".

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"We can't wait to go back home and live a normal life again, hopefully on Wednesday". The National Weather Service considers flooding to be "devastating " once a height of 23 feet is reached for the river. About $60 million of the cost was authorized by Northam in advance, but could be substantially less as resources set aside for Virginia are transferred to North and SC, which took the brunt of the storm. They don't know the extent of any environmental damage from a Duke Energy Corp. coal-ash spill and a wastewater discharge in Wilmington.

Joseph Eudi looks at flood debris and storm damage from Hurricane Florence at a home on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C., September 15, 2018.

Flooding worries were increasing in West Virginia and Virginia, where roads were closed and power outages were on the rise.

"BREAKING. We've observed a one-minute period of sunshine at the NWS Raleigh office", the NWS said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set.

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