North Carolina Officials: "The Worst Is Yet To Come" After Florence

Bulldozer Hurricane

Bulldozer Hurricane

There were 974,000 homes in the Carolinas without power on Saturday morning. They asked that the evacuation begin immediately and that everyone within the evacuation areas get out by 3 p.m. Sunday.

In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water.

One of the authorities leading the response to Florence says the storm is causing "historic and unprecedented flooding". His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come.

-A 61-year-old woman was killed late Friday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree near the town of Union, South Carolina, Capt. Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland yesterday, triggering unsafe flooding, knocking out power in almost 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths.

Across the state, around 700,000 people remain without power, he said, and many are likely to be without power "for awhile".

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said.

Emergency management officials and non-profit groups aren't waiting for Florence's rains to end or floodwaters to recede before starting to help people recover from the storm.

At 11am yesterday, the hurricane centre said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 75kph and continued to produce catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas.

In North Carolina, at least five deaths are related to the storm - but "several others are under investigation", Cooper said. "This is an extremely long detour, but it is the detour that offers the lowest risk of flooding at this time", said the state department of transportation.

People clapped and shouted, "Amen!" and "Thank you, Lord".

The National Hurricane Center says in its 5 am update Sunday that excessive amounts of rain are still being dumped in North Carolina and the effect is expected to be "catastrophic".

With extreme flooding threatening to cut off Myrtle Beach from the rest of the state, SC officials are scrambling to find a solution as Tropical Storm Florence moves slowly through the region. Both states also are at a risk of unsafe flash floods and river flooding.

The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and SC, reports CNN.

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could also be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.

The death toll from Hurricane Florence and its aftermath has risen to 14, according to reports on September 16. It has top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and is moving west at 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

Fayetteville's city officials, meanwhile, got help from the Nebraska Task Force One search and rescue team to evacuate some 140 residents of an assisted living facility in Fayetteville to a safer location at a church. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Joel Cline said the mountains will wring water out of the moist tropical air: "It's like running into a wall, and that moisture has to go somewhere, and it goes up, creates rain, and you have torrential rain in that area".

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