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

Tropical Depression Florence Kills 17 & Smashes Rainfall Records in Carolinas

Tropical Depression Florence Kills 17 & Smashes Rainfall Records in Carolinas

If the full storm had hit Virginia, the consequences may have been worse than what's being seen in North Carolina because the population in Hampton Roads is so much denser and the routes out of the region are limited, Stern said.

Cooper said he had come to New Bern to provide encouragement for local residents.

Some stream gauges used to monitor river levels failed when they became submerged, but others showed water levels rising steadily, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest at or near record levels. Officials have reported flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence in Union County, located between Charlotte and Anson County. Flash flood watches extended all the way to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and southern New England.

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by flood waters early on Monday.

Florence, which was downgraded from a hurricane soon after it made landfall on the U.S. east coast, has killed eight people in North Carolina and three in SC. The woman had driven around barricades to get on a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.

A rural street in Newport, North Carolina, is pictured before Florence hit on Friday and afterwards, on Saturday, as a member of the US Coast Guard looked for anyone who was stuck.

With 1,500 roads closed across North Carolina, fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday. "So we are trying to get it dried out, so we can... get open and get everything squared away", said restaurant owner Raymond Karem. "Last time we had sun was on Wednesday".

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In Goldsboro, rain fell and the Neuse River was swelling above its banks.

Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard. He had been evacuated a day before by troops in a truck.

The organization is collecting a wide range of items including canned goods, personal hygiene items, bottled water, pet supplies, first aid supplies, sheets, sleeping bags, tents, diapers, paper towels, plates and cups.

Hundreds of thousands of homes across North and SC are without power and tens of thousands of people are in emergency shelters.

About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states. About 708,000 customers were still without power in the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Four road deaths in SC have been blamed on the storm, and two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside their home.

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors.

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