As a result of hurricane Florence, which was later weakened to the level of a tropical storm in the U.S. States of North and SC killed at least 11 people, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
The Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews, and volunteers used helicopters, boats, and heavy-duty vehicles on September 15, to rescue scores of people trapped by Florence's shoreline onslaught, even as North Carolina braced for what could be the next stage of the disaster: widespread, catastrophic flooding inland.
By the storm's end, up to 40 inches will fall in southeastern North Carolina and the northeastern tip of SC, the National Hurricane Center said.
"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Forecasters say many rivers across the state still haven't crested - some won't crest until late Sunday or Monday.
As rivers swelled toward record levels, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from huge hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas. Newport, NC, "reported a rainfall total of nearly 24 inches as of midnight Saturday", the NHC said.
There are no coastal watches and warnings in effect, although flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia.
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. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
Preliminary reports showed that Florence dumped more than 30 inches of rain in Swansboro, North Carolina, breaking the state's record of most rainfall from a single storm.
In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.
The Internal Revenue Service said Saturday that the deadlines to file and pay taxes this month have been extended to January 31, 2019 for those who have been affected by the storm. A husband and wife died in a house fire linked to the storm, officials said, and an 81-year-old man died after falling and hitting his head while packing to evacuate. On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris. Without light remained nearly 500 million homes. When they got to the home, the woman was dead, authorities said.
Cumberland County, North Carolina, ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes along the Cape Fear River Saturday over flooding concerns.
A total of 40 inches of rain is expected to fall in southern North Carolina, and a total of 20 inches of rain is expected in northern SC and western North Carolina, according to the NWS.
By Tuesday, Guy said, "the remnants of Florence will be pushed towards the Northeast, where areas from northern Pennsylvania through central NY towards Boston could pick up some heavy rain". Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.
Fortunately, the tree had fallen away from the house and just missed the pump house, which her family used to get water.
Rivers approached record flood stage and more than 680,000 utility customers were without power Sunday as North Carolina struggled under the crushing fury of Florence, the mighty hurricane diminished to a tropical depression but still pounding the region with unrelenting rain.
In New Bern, a riverfront city near North Carolina's coast, Bryan Moore and his nephew Logan did exactly what authorities warned against: they left their homes to go swimming in the floodwaters after having spent days at home without electricity or running water.
As of 11 p.m., Florence was centered about 40 miles east-southeast of Columbia, S.C., and crawling west at 3 mph - not even as fast as a person walking.