Hurricane Florence: How Bad Will the Flooding Be in Charleston, SC?

15 September, 2018, 16:01 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Don't play games with it, says Trump as Hurricane Florence heads for US East Coast

Police in Wilmington say a mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their house.

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina September 13, 2018.

There have been two fatalities in Kinston as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

Later downgraded to a tropical storm, slow-moving Florence arrived over North and SC just after 7am local time on Friday, bringing torrential rain and severe floods.

The biggest danger, as forecasters saw it, was not the wind but the water: the storm surge along the coastline and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain over the next several days that could trigger catastrophic flooding in a slow-motion disaster well inland. The child's father was taken to a hospital.

"More people die from storm surge than any proponent of hurricanes", Kottlowsk tells TIME. NEW BERN OVERWHELMEDIn New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters.

On Friday afternoon, the city of Wilmington enacted a curfew from 10 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, Mayor Bill Saffo said.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

Earlier Friday, most Midlands counties were placed under a storm watch or warning, including Richland and Lexington counties - which were issued a tropical storm warning. "Into next week our rivers are going to continue to rise and there will be more significant flooding", Cooper said.

Tropical Storm Florence keeps drenching the central Carolinas, with an additional 10 to 15 inches of rain expected before it finally swings north over the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley on Monday.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. Downed trees blocked the road, making it impossible for paramedics to get to her. Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said. Power outages are widespread including over 740,000 in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2:30 a.m.

Mr Hanks said a fourth person died while checking on his hunting dogs, and authorities believe he was blown over by the wind.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state.

North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power.

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