Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
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Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Officials are eyeing river levels after the deluge of rain that measures in feet, not inches. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying. Officials plan to airlift food and water to the coastal city but are eyeing inland flooding.

Officials are monitoring the levee in Lumberton, NC, which had a breach over the weekend. The deaths also included that of a person killed while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said. If the levee fails, it will flood the town, which was flooded by Hurricane Matthew two years ago.

Utility crews from multiple states worked to restore power, and outages were down from a high of more than 900,000 to about 320,000 homes and businesses, almost all in North Carolina. They were not sure when he would be able to return, given the flooding expected inland.

"What we are the most concerned about is, we have five major rivers that surround us, and we only have one major road into Myrtle Beach, but all of our major roads are going to be affected by this flooding within the next three to seven days", she said. Further rescues are ongoing. North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country. The state's attorney general, Josh Stein, said the reports related primarily to price hikes of essentials like water and gas, as well as price hikes for hotel rooms being sought by evacuees. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia. "You better pray. I think we all need to pray that it don't happen". Most of the outages were in North Carolina. Officials say the area was cleaned and flushed. Two smaller sewage spills were reported in Johnston County. High winds knocked over a tree that fell on a home, killing a 41-year-old woman and her 7-month-old son.

A woman died in Hampstead, NC, after suffering a medical emergency, WECT reported.

In all, a wide swath of North Carolina and a small part of SC saw three-day rainfall totals that, on average, would be expected to occur about every 1,000 years, the Weather Underground reported.

Dams and levees throughout North Carolina are in danger of failing.


In Bladen County, North Carolina, around 100 people and 33 animals were rescued "in a unsafe operation in the middle of the night" after a dam burst, Governor Roy Cooper said in a twitter post on Friday. The state is closed for business.

The White House said President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina on Wednesday to see the damage. A second shelter is opening in Carteret County.

In North Carolina, fears of what could be the worst flooding in the state's history led officials to order tens of thousands to evacuate, though it wasn't clear how many had fled or even could. Remember, these are households - not total people. O'Shaughnessy at the state's emergency response headquarters. It is, however, under the lowest level of nuclear emergency, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told The News & Observer newspaper of Raleigh.

Rescue teams spent much of Sunday afternoon and night in a desperate search for the boy, but it wasn't until Monday morning that the grim find of the child's body was made near a flooded soybean field, according to The Charlotte Observer.

The flooding got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge in Fayetteville after the river began touching girders supporting the bridge's top deck. The Weather Channel said millions of people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast remain under flash flood watches as the remnant moisture from Florence heads north.

Florence, now a tropical depression, has innundated parts of the Carolinas with major flooding and risky winds, causing at least 20 deaths by Monday.

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