Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
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Carolinas flood after Florence

Carolinas flood after Florence

After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left almost a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ash-and authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come.

Tens of thousands of homes were damaged and at least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

"We're underneath the tarp in the back of a military style high-water vehicle that's being driven by a retired Marine who's jumped into action here in New Bern", reports @edlavaCNN from North Carolina.

"And when that flooding gets here, it can last up to 10 to 12 days or longer, from what we are being told".

A mandatory evacuation order is in place in this area of North Carolina where the Cape Fear River is expected to crest at 62 feet on Tuesday.

Trump is also addressing the impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.

They did not say what had been stolen but said charges "are pending".

Gov. Roy Cooper accompanied the Coast Guard on a flyover of flooded areas in North Carolina and saw boats washed up in town and significant debris.

Of particular concern were the risks to dams, already stressed by heavy rainfall from a tropical storm earlier in the month, he said, urging citizens to heed official warnings about what was now a "flood event".

"The worst is yet to come", said Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin "Get to higher ground now".

"The state of North Carolina is going to be with New Bern and Craven County for the long haul", said Cooper.

A video shared to social media shows some of the six abandoned dogs standing on their hind legs to remain above water, while rescuers arrived at a property in Leland, North Carolina.

- A woman in SC died after striking a downed tree while she was driving. Southbound I-95 lanes also were closed between Exits 81 and 65 in North Carolina.

With the rain pausing for the first time since Friday, local resident Logan Sosebee pulled out his kayak to carry food and supplies to those who need it on the other side of the flooded river.

On Monday morning, Tropical Depression Florence was centered about 125 miles west southwest of Roanoke, Virginia, the National Weather Service said. It has top sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 kph) and is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence. It has seen more than 86 inches of rain this year; the average to date is about 43 inches.

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