Storm Florence: The impact in numbers
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 17, 2018,
Sep 17, 2018, 19:45
The storm is expected to intensify over the weekend as it moves across the two states.
The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to 11.
"Turn around", the advisory said.
The White House stated Friday, the president spoke to the state's lieutenant governor, as well as the mayors of both Charlotte and Princeville.
A slowing tropical storm Florence continues to creep along the Carolinas today. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.
In North Carolina, unrelenting rains were expected to swell the Cape Fear River to 62 feet next week, 3 feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The military is providing assistance to flood ravaged SC. The hurricane centre downgraded Florence to a tropical storm later in the day.
Picture of Hurricane Florence taken by astronaut Ricky Arnold from the International Space Station.
"Florence slowly weakening just inland over eastern SC but causing catastrophic flooding over North and SC", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said early Saturday morning, after downgrading it from a hurricane to a tropical storm the previous day.
Rivers and creeks rose toward historic levels, threatening flash flooding that could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.
The storm's center is crawling inland over SC, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.
Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbors awaited help.
The Roanoke River is now forecast to crest about a foot above flood stage in Roanoke.
The White House announced on Saturday that President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for North Carolina a day earlier, an order that opens up federal funding, including housing and home fix grants.
JAMES CITY, NC - SEPTEMBER 14: Volunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States.
Money also is available to the state, some local governments, and some private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in those counties.
The 400 mile-wide storm's winds weakened to 70mph after it reached the coast, well below the 140mph seen earlier this week.
"The problem with this storm is it's not moving", he said. It said it was located about 35 miles (55 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
Many areas in southeastern North Carolina have endured 15 to 30 inches of rain and up to another 15 inches could fall.
The National Weather Service says the worst flooding will likely start Saturday night or Sunday morning and will continue for several days. The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.
The triple punch of falling rain, rising rivers and coastal storm surges was already triggering catastrophic floods.
The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s and was briefly the state capital, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.
Cooper said others should not follow suit.
As of 8 p.m., Florence was centred about 65 miles (100 kilometres) east-southeast of Columbia, the SC capital, crawling west at 2 mph (4 kph) - not even as fast as a person walking.
SC has reported its first death from Florence.