Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, last Friday. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

A speed boat sits wedged in bushes in the parking lot of a waterfront hotel in New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour were recorded in the Myrtle Beach area.

"Honestly, I'm not sure" why some people refused to follow evacuation orders, David Cotton, county manager for North Carolina's Onslow County, told "Good Morning America" on Saturday.

In North Carolina, rivers rose to record levels and more people have been asked to evacuate as authorities worry another round of flooding could come in the next few days. The resulting flooding forced swift-water rescues and left several people dead. "Many people who think the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat".

By tomorrow afternoon, the center of Florence is expected to be across western SC.

It tore roofs and facades off buildings and toppled trees.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering".

Florence could become a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

"It's not anywhere", North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday.

The Governor urged residents and travellers to avoid driving throughout the state because most roads are still at risk of major flooding as rain continues to hammer down.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

As for the landslides, Gov. Henry McMaster did warn about possible landslides in the state, but he was referring to northwestern portions of the state, not the Grand Strand.

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Northern South Carolina and southwestern Virginia: 5 to 10 inches, isolated 15 inches.

Prisoners were affected, too. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising.

Southern and western North Carolina: An additional 10-15 inches, with storm total accumulations up to 20 inches in western North Carolina and up to 40 inches in southeast North Carolina. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

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. "And we have 300 businesses that are damaged or destroyed".

The Federal Emergency Management Authority said motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

As the death toll from Florence mounted and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next stage of a still-unfolding disaster: widespread, catastrophic river flooding.

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy who was carried out in a life vest.

"This is our only home. We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. We chose to hunker down.

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