Hurricane Florence: North Carolina governor warns 'stay off the roads'

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina governor warns 'stay off the roads'

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina governor warns 'stay off the roads'

The state so far has been spared from severe hurricane impacts, but the southwest portion of the state is expecting up to 12 inches of rain.

A person inside the house in the 700 block of Violet Street reported leg pain as a result of the incident and was taken to a hospital, according to Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill.

Northam said: "Now is not the time to let our guard down".

Some areas in SC also can gaze rainfall totals of as much as fifteen inches, forecasters acknowledged.• Rising rivers: Rivers in North Carolina are anticipated to crest bigger than throughout 2016's Typhoon Matthew in some areas, emergency officers acknowledged. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 11, including 10 in North Carolina and one in SC.

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

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.

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.

There were 974,000 homes in the Carolinas without power on Saturday morning.

No toxic spills had been reported as of Friday afternoon, but the region's rivers were not expected to crest for days.

The casualties include a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern North Carolina US Sept 14 2018. Reuters
Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern North Carolina US Sept 14 2018. Reuters

And on Saturday evening, Duke Energy disclosed that heavy rains had caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington, North Carolina.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

"All roads in the state right now are at risk of floods", he said.

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 964,000 customers in that state and SC.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got more than 30 inches (75 centimetres) and counting, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches (60 centimetres) on the state.

Morrow with the weather service said flooding is when the river hits 35 feet and the water starts to spill on its banks.

Florence is forecast to crawl west into SC on Saturday, and at hundreds of miles wide, it will continue to batter the region for days.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard that, trying to get out, we got thrown into trailers". Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds of people trapped by the rising waters.

The president may travel to the region next week, the White House has said.

Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches of rain by Friday night, and forecasters warned on Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches more.


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