Tropical storm Florence dumps metres of rain on Carolinas

Now its maximum sustained winds are about 50mph (80km/h) and it's a tropical storm.

It is feared that more communities could become deluged as the storm crawls west at only 3km/h. No insurance purchased right now could kick in fast enough to cover someone from a storm that's on top of them.

Scores of residents had to be rescued from flooding by emergency responders and volunteers in New Bern, North Carolina, on Saturday.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge moved in for an extended stay along the coast. "This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall".

Having already drawn widespread criticism from members of his own party earlier this week for a claim made without evidence that the death toll was ginned up by Democrats in order to slime him, Trump once again tried to cast doubt on the estimated 2,975 killed by Hurricane Maria in the US territory.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

More than 20,000 people were in 157 shelters in North Carolina, with almost 6,000 in SC shelters, officials said. Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

The Coast Guard is working to rescue people trapped in the northeast part of North Carolina, and reported rescuing five individuals so far.

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.

"It typically takes 30 days from the date an NFIP policy is purchased for it to go into effect", FEMA says on it's website. Local media said she suffered a heart attack.

A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

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Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.

More than 300 volunteers from nine USA states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News. "We all know that". "When a hurricane like Florence hits, we have to hope and pray that our communities do not suffer the consequences of years of irresponsible coal ash practices by the coal ash utilities".

Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm, but warned it would dump as much as 76cm to 102cm of rain on the south-eastern coast of North Carolina and parts of north-eastern SC.

It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina. That, in turn, could trigger epic flooding well inland.

Power outages affecting more than 900,000 in Carolinas.

The military is providing assistance to flood ravaged SC.

Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are possible in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and the southern to central Appalachias to western North Carolina to west-central Virginia and far-eastern West Virginia into early next week, the National Weather Service said.

But the wind is not the main threat to people and property from the storm; it's thestorm surgeandrainfall, which combined have caused serious flooding in the low-lying coastal regions of the Carolinas.

At the W. H. Weatherspoon Power Station near Lumberton, Sheehan said it had already rained more than 30 inches (75 centimeters) by Saturday evening, causing a nearby swamp to overflow into the plants cooling pond.

  • Carolyn Briggs