Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina residents warned of SNAKE-NADO

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina residents warned of SNAKE-NADO

WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE (North Carolina) • Rising floodwaters threatened communities across the Carolinas yesterday as storm Florence hit the USA north-east with heavy rain and tornadoes, after killing at least 32 people. Thousands are already in shelters in North Carolina. The Cape Fear river is not predicted to crest until Tuesday or Wednesday, so there's no immediate hope on hand for residents.

In the Carolinas alone, dozens of people are dead after high winds down trees and ripped off roofs.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

Cooper said he believed there were plans for President Donald Trump to visit today, though he noted that such plans can be fluid; the governor also said he would meet with the president during the visit.

In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters.

"You might not be able to actually get back to your home", Collins said.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side. Roads are being cleared and the landfill is open to accept storm refuse.

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Fire ant "rafts" have been spotted in the Carolinas following the flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Road conditions can change hourly and for the latest information, motorists are advised to check with the departments of transportation and highway patrols of each state.

"I think we're going to have to have a broader conversation, the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, emergency managers and stakeholders to try to find a way to convey these types of threats going forward", said University of Georgia Meteorology Professor, Marshall Shepherd.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's flight over soggy parts of the state on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) turned from an observation trip to a rescue mission when he spotted two people stranded atop a flooded vehicle, surrounded by water rushing into the area from Florence.

"I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico, ' Trump said". In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression from a hurricane, was headed through Virginia toward New England. Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 245,000, almost all in North Carolina.

Property damage from the storm is expected to total at least US$17 billion (S$23.3 billion) to US$22 billion but that forecast could be conservative depending on further flooding.

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