Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Death Toll Rises to 7 as Florence Pours on the Rain

Death Toll Rises to 7 as Florence Pours on the Rain

With a plodding pace belying still-unspent fury, Tropical Storm Florence pushed deeper into the Carolinas on Saturday, inundating homes, toppling trees and pushing rivers far beyond their banks as rescuers rushed to keep pace.

The tree was about 6 feet above the road surface.

Hurricane Florence delivered a slow-motion assault to the coast of North Carolina early Friday, with catastrophic storm surge and torrential rains that will continue for days.

More than 100 people were rescued and up to 75 more were awaiting rescue on Saturday morning, according to a town official.

According to a Brookings Institution article written in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which walloped southeast Texas in 2017, poor, minority families are more likely to live in low-lying neighborhoods like Hamlet that are already host to industrial facilities or environmental hazards - the same low-income neighborhoods that are far less likely to be inoculated from severe weather events.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Florence's landfall in parts of North and SC, though many people chose to remain in their homes for reasons ranging from financial concerns and the need to care for pets that they may not have been able to take to some evacuation shelters, some who stayed in their residences told ABC News ahead of the storm.

Parts of North and SC can expect an additional 10 to 15 inches.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

In one piece of good news authorities said that 16 wild ponies of hurricane-struck Ocracoke Island, located off the North Carolina coast, were safe.

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The onus is now on Chelsea and Watford to keep pace with Liverpool when they host Cardiff and Manchester United respectively later on Saturday.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Forecasters said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a sharp rightward swing to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of the week.

Strong winds and heavy rain continue to present a danger, and Florence is now being attributed to several deaths. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 10 centimetres of water, he calculated. And there could be 10 inches (25 cm) in south-western Virginia. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines. In Wilmington, high winds blew transformers, plunging the city into darkness. Nationwide, airlines cancelled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday. More than 360 people had been carried to safety since Thursday night. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m.

Volunteer rescue teams from across the country joined emergency responders in rescuing families trapped by the floodwaters. "We're going to have to have patience, we're going to have to be careful and we're going to have to deal with a lot of water".

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs, and were left shaken. Local media said she suffered a heart attack.

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