Florence Flooding In The Carolinas: ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

The flooding is coming from rivers, rather than the ocean, thanks to the feet of rain that have fallen since Thursday night.

"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued".

"If you talk to somebody about what's on your mind, it can go a long way in helping you to feel that you're not alone", Mr. Burgess said, "that what you're feeling is normal in the aftermath of a disaster and that recovery is possible and that you will get through this".

North Carolina emergency response officials tweeted that 23 truckloads of military meals and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city.

Tens of thousands of houses have been damaged, but for many parts of the Carolinas, "the worst is yet to come" as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service.

The 120,000 residents of Wilmington have no means of travel inside the city, and no one can get in to them.

By Tuesday, Guy said, "the remnants of Florence will be pushed towards the Northeast, where areas from northern Pennsylvania through central NY towards Boston could pick up some heavy rain". "We hope there are not more", he said.

A mandatory evacuation order is in place in this area of North Carolina where the Cape Fear River is expected to crest at 62 feet on Tuesday.

A trucker told Oliver he got stuck trying to get through high water.

Nichols said they reached the backyard of their owner's house, which was on much higher ground, and which had food for them.

That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system.

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The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday, after three days of unrelenting rain in the Carolinas.

"We had to evacuate".

The deadly storm was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 miles per hour (50 kph) early Monday, but forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast, which also is in for a drenching of as much as six inches (15 centimetres) of rain. "The risk is growing as well in the mountains, where rains could lead to unsafe landslides", he said.

The winds have died down but it was terrifying for people here when the hurricane-speed gusts first arrived.

"The neighbors told us our home was fine apart from a few branches down, so that's a relief at least", he added.

Ahead of the storm that hit September 14, the VA closed five hospitals and 18 community-based outpatient clinics in the southeast coastal regions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Some half a million customers in the Carolinas were still without electricity on Monday, according to emergency officials.

"I know it was hard for them to leave and it's even more difficult for them to be waiting at home not knowing what is happening here or whether they even have a home to come back to", said Cooper.

South Carolina's governor was doing a flyover of Florence's flooding in his state when he spotted two men stranded atop a flooded pickup truck. Most of the traffic lights and homes in the city are dark Monday as waters reach unsafe levels.

President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set. "We're seeing this happen now, and the result is not good".

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