Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas
18 September, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Marie Harrington
So far: almost 31 inches (79 centimeters) of rain was reported in Swansboro, on the North Carolina coast, and forecasters Saturday expected another 15 inches (nearly 40 centimeters) in parts of the Carolinas.
President Trump calls North Carolina officials, to offer crucial federal aid as Tropical Storm Florence continues to ravage areas of the state.
Florence's top sustained winds have weakened to 80kmh but it is projected to bring further catastrophic flash flooding.
This would happen should Florence continue on its westward trajectory this weekend and into early next week.
Despite being downgraded to a tropical storm from a category one hurricane, cascades of rain are pouring onto residential areas, filling the first floor of houses and causing cars to float along streets. Roughly 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ahead of the storm, and authorities are warning those who left not to come back until the danger has passed.
DEMA made the announcement Saturday adding that the team will deploy through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and hopes to arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina later in the day.
Also of concern is the sprawling Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point in North Carolina and at Parris Island in SC.
As of noon, Emerald Isle had more than 23 inches (58 centimetres) of rain, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot (30 centimetres).
Some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges as high as 10ft in places.
As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.
Early Monday, the storm was centered about 145 miles west-northwest of Greensboro, North Carolina.
The only storm-related death in South Carolina was confirmed by South Carolina Highway Patrol who said that a woman died Friday night after the vehicle she was driving struck a tree.
Two other men were killed in Lenoir County, North Carolina - electrocuted in separate incidents, according to CNN. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. It's not yet clear how the sixth person died. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".
Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help.
As the remnants of the storm begin to accelerate, it is expected to spark heavy rainfall and renewed flood risks in areas from southern Virginia into the Appalachians, meteorologists warn.
Government aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence.
"What we want to try to do is to minimize the time that people spend in their shelters that they're in right now", Sprayberry said.
"It's worrying to watch the water slowly rising", said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, another small North Carolina town threatened by rising water in a nearby creek and the Neuse River. The city remained without power on Friday night.
Two people in Carteret County died due to the storm, officials said. A local official said it was a "storm-related medical fatality", but did not elaborate.
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EDT (1900 GMT) but already some 19,000 homes and businesses were without power by mid-afternoon in the Carolinas and Virginia. Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.
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One out of every five South Carolinians, about 1 million in all, are in the evacuation zones covering eight counties. The governors of Virginia, Maryland, and North and SC have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.
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