Monday, 12 November, 2018

Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Volunteers rescuing residents from their flooded homes in New Bern North Carolina last Friday. The storm surge had overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space
Steven Clarke | 16 September, 2018, 12:41

Nakisa Glover, a National Climate Justice Fellow at Hip Hop Caucus based in North Carolina, said in a phone interview that while the mandatory evacuation orders might make "logical sense in theory, if you don't have the resources, you can't just leave your home in a lot of cases".

NEW BERN, N.C. - A day after blowing ashore with 90 miles per hour winds, Florence practically parked itself over land all day long and poured on the rain.

"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday.

"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow less than an hour after the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina, Perry says "we've done this many times before".

The storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday morning and weakened to a tropical storm hours after, caused massive damage across the US states of North and SC by felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people, inundating communities and knocking out power.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday. Authorities expect the death toll to rise in the coming days.

A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department saidon TwitterFriday afternoon. Officials also said one person was electrocuted in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator in the rain, and a man died after being blown to the ground while checking on his hunting dogs. The man's family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail.

In South Carolina, a 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her auto struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.

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Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC.

"The flood danger from storm is more immediate today than when it made landfall 24 hrs ago", North Carolina Emergency Management said on Twitter. "We face walls of water".

Environmentalists have been warning for decades that Duke's coal ash ponds were vulnerable to severe storms and pose a threat to drinking water supplies and public safety.

New Bern's mayor said 4,200 homes were damaged in the city.

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.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

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. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia.

Hundreds were rescued in New Bern, a city of 30,000 at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.

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