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Killer storm Florence dumping ‘epic amounts of rainfall’ on Carolinas

Killer storm Florence dumping ‘epic amounts of rainfall’ on Carolinas

Flooding concerns extend beyond the coast of North Carolina as well. "In addition to the ongoing, unsafe storm surge and flash flooding, will be a long-term river flood threat WELL INLAND as very heavy rainfall continues to fall in the coming days"'. Along coastal communities, people trapped in homes by relentless flood waters awaited rescue, and tens of thousands hunkered down in shelters after fleeing their homes as the storm approached.

A tree that fell on a house, killing two people, is seen during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.

Florence was inching along Friday night, trapping people in flooded homes and promising days of destruction and human suffering. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

As of 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, but the NHC warned residents of risky storm surges and "catastrophic flooding".

In Jacksonville, a relentless band of heavy rain gutted buildings, drenched streets and left wildlife to battle the rising waters.

At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening.

And weather officials said more is coming, labeling as "extreme" the impacts from storm surge and flash flooding.

None of the people rescued were injured. The large size of the tree made it hard, Wilmington Fire Department Chief Jon Mason said during a Friday afternoon press conference.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.




As the storm slowly churned toward the shore, people who chose not to evacuate got caught in the floodwaters.

The White House said President Trump will tour areas affected by Florence next week, once it is determined that his visit will not disrupt rescue and recovery operations. Storm surge search and rescue operations have been underway across the county.

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

The Piedmont Triad has been on high alert since Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, made landfall on the North Carolina coast Friday morning. It hit the coast as a Category 1 storm with 90 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, the NWS said. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.

As of 2 a.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

More than two feet of water had already fallen in some places and was not expected to stop soon.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

Some towns have endured more than two feet of rain and forecasters say that more than three feet of water could bring major flooding further inland in the coming days.


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