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

Photos and videos show Hurricane Florence's terrifying aftermath

Photos and videos show Hurricane Florence's terrifying aftermath

The hurricane turned tropical storm, which is now a tropical depression, has resulted in 18 deaths, up to 40 inches of rain in some spots, trapped hundreds, knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses and made hundreds of roads in North and SC impassable.

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.

"We are expecting several more days of rain", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

The city of Wilmington has been cut off from the rest of North Carolina as surging flood waters from Hurricane Florence continue to damage the state.

The deadly storm was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 miles per hour early today, but forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast.

Roughly 15,000 people are in shelters across North Carolina, according to The Greenville News, and The State reports more than 4,000 people remain in shelters in SC.

The storm killed 17 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said.

"There's mud all over the floor and the wood floors have buckled", she said, adding they planned to return to her brother's house because of the musty smell that pervades their home. Click through to see how the unsafe storm left the Carolinas.

In the port city of Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down in North Carolina, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken.

A auto drives down a flooded road, on September 16, 2018 in Leland, North Carolina.

Five people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General Store, said the police department in Wilmington, which has imposed a nighttime curfew.

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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. "In many parts of North Carolina the danger is still immediate".

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it trudged inland early yesterday morning, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters kept rising.

Photos and videos from the region showed homes and businesses inundated with murky brown water laden with debris and rivers so high they threatened to overtop the bridges that spanned their banks.

And in Lumberton, North Carolina - a city submerged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - residents are bracing for potential disaster as the Lumber River seeps through a patched-up gap in the levee system.

At least 18 people are dead as Florence batters the Carolinas.

Flying over Fayetteville, he said, "it was stark to see the raging Cape Fear River, and you knew it was rising, and you could see these vulnerable communities".

Days before the powerful storm reached the US East Coast officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for more than one million people. As the storm "begins to finally recede, they will kick into an even higher gear".

"If any emergencies do develop, however, we're ready to respond and will make the public aware as quickly as possible", Hust said.

"We still have no water and power, so I'm happy to help if I can, there's nothing else to do", he said.

As rivers rose, state regulators and environmental groups monitored the threat from huge hog and poultry farms in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

First responders have rescued and evacuated more than 2,600 people and more than 300 animals from flooded areas. They are usually bolted to the ground, but the statues' thick pedestals were uprooted and washed away, the city said.

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