McMaster warns of flood dangers in SC after Hurricane Florence
McMaster warns of flood dangers in SC after Hurricane Florence
Authorities in New Bern said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater
16 September, 2018, 19:27
Florence crashed into the Carolinas on Friday with 90-mph (144 kph) winds, torrential rains and a powerful storm surge before slowing to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding. At least four people were killed.
Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.
More than 60 others had to be rescued as a cinderblock motel collapsed.
More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.
Roberts says they're hearing from New Bern residents who were evacuated to an emergency shelter in Sandford earlier this week.
"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.
Griffin said she was jolted awake when the power went off at the hotel as some of the storm's strongest bands lashed Wilmington with wind and rain.
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That's about 220 miles from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. September 14, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.
Based on the current track of Hurricane Florence, the central Midlands are expected to get 3-6 inches of rainfall, and 25 to 35 miles per hour winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.
Before sunrise, high winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on September 14, 2018. The National Hurricane Centre in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way. Other communities got well over a foot (30 centimetres).
He noted even rainfall in North Carolina could rebound to SC in the form of swollen rivers downstream.
"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.
Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.
Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.
The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.
The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water, he calculated.
On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 21 miles per hour on September 14 morning in Columbia.
Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.
Cinder blocks that were part of the structure were crumbling in some places, and portions of the roof were missing.
The Associated Press Flooding caused by Hurricane Florence covers blocks of Front Street in downtown New Bern on Friday.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", tweeted the city of New Bern.
"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.
Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighbourhood during Florence's assault.
"We're very familiar in Columbia with the flooding of 2015", McMaster said.
"We have a house that was destroyed in Irma", Griffin said.
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