Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding
18 September, 2018, 13:05 | Author: Darnell Taylor
Officials warned people not to drive through floodwaters, even if they appear shallow.
Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.
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"The mammoth amounts of rain observed in southern North Carolina are virtually certain to eclipse anything measured in an East Coast tropical cyclone north of Florida", noted Bob Henson of the Weather Underground.
Officials are planning to airlift food and water to Wilmington after the city of almost 120,000 people became cut off from the rest of North Carolina by rising flood water from Florence.
Widespread flooding has already reached roofs, turned highways into rivers and left thousands to be saved by rescue workers.
"The storm has never been more unsafe than it is now", North Carolina's Republican Gov. Roy Cooper said during a press conference on Sunday.
One person was killed when at least 16 tornadoes developed from Florence on Monday in Virginia where dozens of building were destroyed, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported. A few of them went on hikes and have helped clean the trails of debris from the storm.
North Carolina authorities released a full list of deaths on Monday afternoon, bringing the death toll for the state up to 24.
North Carolina's elections officials are assessing the possible effects of Hurricane Florence on county boards and the 2018 vote.
The mother managed to free Kaiden from his vehicle seat and escape the auto, but her child was quickly swept away in the deluge.
The mayor of New Bern, a city badly affected by flooding, told NBC he had imposed a curfew. "So we are trying to get it dried out, so we can... get open and get everything squared away", said restaurant owner Raymond Karem. "We have our dogs and our property, so we stay", 57-year-old Kenan Chance said.
Cooper said his office would be working closely with FEMA and state legislators to help rebuild areas of the state damaged by Hurricane Florence.
As the Navy's fleet of ships returns to Naval Station Norfolk after being sortied ahead of Hurricane Florence, two more ships will remain on standby for storm recovery assistance. But thanks to professional and amateur photographers, you can at least get some sense of the devastation that Hurricane Florence is leaving in its path.
"We can't wait to go back home and live a normal life again, hopefully on Wednesday".
Florence weakened to a tropical depression, but flooding worries continue from the Carolinas to Virginia.
McMaster says officials in this area have told him local water sources in this area are almost 10 inches (25 centimeters) higher than normal.
About 60 children in state custody along the coast of North Carolina have been evacuated to a YMCA conference center in the western mountains.
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