Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Hurricane Florence aftermath: Flooding crisis in North and SC

Hurricane Florence aftermath: Flooding crisis in North and SC

The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least two tornadoes spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Florence touched down in Virginia.

An additional 5-13cm of rain is expected with isolated areas of 20cm possible through Tuesday in the Carolinas and Virginia.

The storm killed at least 11 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said.

Another six people have died in SC due to Florence, WSOC reported.

"This remains a significant disaster", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

Four days after Florence blew ashore and began unloading more than 2 feet of rain that paralyzed much of North Carolina, Wilmington was still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, with just one road tentatively open as a supply route.

Flooding near the Yadkin river in Jonesville is forecast to crest at 26.6 feet, according to accuweather.com.

Officials from the Union County Sheriff's office believe Kaiden's mother drove around barricades and into water flowing over a roadway on Sunday, according to WSOC-TV.

Nichols, who is no longer active duty, and his team said that in North Carolina, they are relying on social media to find people who needed to be rescued and asked people to reach out to him if they need help.

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"Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said late on September 17, WSB reported.

"Fast water continues to flow under I-95 in Dillion County", Beres tweeted Monday, adding a video of rushing swamp water flowing under the interstate.

The weather service's Binghamton branch said that some places in NY got more than 3 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

"Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. NCDOT warns that during a big storm there's a lag time between when a road becomes impassable and when it gets marked as closed on the website.

The National Weather Service said there was an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina.

Many rescues took place on swift boats in Wilmington, a coastal city of about 117,000 people on a peninsula between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

A portion of a motel collapsed from the weight of water, which made only the roof of the Starlite Motel visible in Spring Lake in Cumberland County, said Sherita Brooks of the county's Division of Social Services.

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.

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