Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bull's-eye.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper calls Florence the "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities. "This is a monumental disaster for our state".

Government aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Florence, a tropical storm that made landfall in North Carolina on Friday as a hurricane.

"River flooding is dynamic and it's happening all over our state", Cooper said.

In North Carolina, a mother and infant died when a tree fell on their house, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while plugging in a generator in the rain, a 77-year-old man died after being blown to the ground while checking on his hunting dogs, and a sheriff's office said three people died because of "flash flooding and swift water on roadways.". "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said.

Dawn Baldwin Gibson, 47, a minister and private school founder who lives on a farm closer to the coast in nearby Pamlico County and runs a Facebook page about weather in eastern North Carolina, had evacuated to New Bern to stay with family, thinking it would be a safer spot.

Video taken in several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through thigh-high water.

"This is one of the most devastating hurricanes we've ever had", Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN. "As the water recedes things will get better".

Ms Liu said they were looking for clues into what plant foods the Natufian people - who lived between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods - were eating, and during the search they discovered the traces of a wheat-and-barley-based alcohol.

More news: Rescues continue as Carolinas face rising floodwaters, days of relentless rain

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

Forecasts call for the river to crest Monday at Fayetteville at more than 62 feet (19 meters) - almost 30 feet (9 meters) above flood stage. Flood stage for the river is 14 feet.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

Renato Solidum, a senior official at the Science and Technology department, said people in northern Luzon experienced a super typhoon in 2016 and were not caught off guard. Bragg - where officials opened emergency shelters and urged riverfront residents to evacuate.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, continues to dump heavy rain on parts of North Carolina and northeastern SC. Wilmington International Airport and Fort Macon suffered gusts of 105 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

Five of the six deaths officials have thus far linked to the storm all occurred in North Carolina on Friday.

Kim Adams wades through waist-deep floodwaters at her home in Southport, North Carolina.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced meanwhile that she plans to visit North Carolina on Monday to discuss the response and recovery efforts and tour flood-affected areas. "His clear and concise marching order was 'Save lives, save lives, '" said Francis Tolentino, the government's disaster response coordinator and adviser to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

More than 300 volunteers from nine U.S. states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.

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