Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Now a tropical storm, Florence spreads watery mayhem across Carolina

Now a tropical storm, Florence spreads watery mayhem across Carolina

When it is superior, textual hiss material, iMessage or WhatsApp your movies, photos and tales to CNN: 347-322-0415 (CNN) Tropical storm Florence hovered over the Carolinas and pounded the voice with heavy rains Saturday, after it landed as a storm and left 5 other folks boring, including an diminutive one.Florence crashed ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm Friday, and was downgraded to a tropical storm the same afternoon. At least seven people, including a mother and an infant, were killed in the storm.

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, hours after then-Hurricane Florence swept through, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told The Associated Press.

On Saturday some residents tried to return home, driving through flooded highways armed with chainsaws to clear fallen pine trees that covered the road.

Even as the winds abated, the waters rose. This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall: "in some places, measured in feet, not inches". Forecasters predicted severe flooding for parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC starting Sunday.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars.

It was initially unclear how many people ended up being rescued.

Environmental groups said Friday that they were anxious that scores of hog lagoons will burst again or be overtopped by flooding, spilling their contents into rivers used as sources of drinking water. The father was transported to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for injuries he sustained. Tens of thousands were ordered evacuated from communities along the state's steadily rising rivers - with the Cape Fear, Little River, Lumber, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers all projected to burst their banks.

Florence forecast to be major hurricane when strikes U.S. coast
EST, North Carolina Emergency Management reported that 102,308 customers were without power - even before Florence made landfall. Industries like tourism and agriculture will likely suffer, and the losses won't be easily or quickly overcome.

"Both Fed & local gov made mistakes", he said.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the storm-related deaths of an 81-year-old man in Wayne County who fell and struck head while packing to evacuate Friday.

Although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, slow-moving Florence is already blasting North and SC with torrential rain and severe floods.

The federal government's approval late Friday of a major disaster declaration in North Carolina means immediate funds can go to help with damage repairs and recovery for eight coastal counties, Cooper said. "Florence's 18 trillion gallons is as much water as there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay", its article says.

The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment. They are part of Cajun Navy which is an informal volunteer group set up after Hurricane Katrina.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the hurricane was likely to "continue its violent grind for days" and described the severity of the downfalls as a "1,000 year event".

Meanwhile, in SC, at least one gator seemed to be cool with the outer bands of wind and rain that whipped the Myrtle Beach area.

Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including more than 8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.

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