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

Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

None of the people rescued were injured.

Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to more than 840,000 homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.

The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion litres) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, whose team used a phone app to locate people in distress.

"Remember: Most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars", Gov. Cooper said.

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

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

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Prisoners were affected, too.

Rivers are swelling toward record levels, forecasters now warn, and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.

Officials from Cumberland County, Fayetteville and the town of Wade issued the order early Saturday afternoon, saying residents there face "imminent danger" from flood waters expected to arrive in the area soon. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the storm's center was about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC.

Rising water forced a North Carolina TV station to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage.

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and SC, reports CNN.

As of noon, Swansboro, North Carolina, had almost 31 inches of rain, Emerald Isle had over 23, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power September 14 morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a "rumor control" website to quash false information in Florence's wake.

In North Carolina, at least five deaths are related to the storm - but "several others are under investigation", Cooper said.

Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

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