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Tropical storm Florence dumps metres of rain on Carolinas
16 September 2018, 04:27 | Justin Tyler
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Warning of the storm's continued threat to life, Governor Roy Cooper said: "More people now face imminent threat than when the storm was offshore".
A statue reaches above Florence's floodwaters in North Carolina. Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power in North Carolina and officials have warned that restoring electricity could take days or even weeks. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.
Tropical Storm Florence is slowly weakening over eastern SC but is causing catastrophic flooding in North and SC, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Saturday. Officials in the town of 30,000, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.
A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 15, 2018.
As rescuers battled strong winds and debris-filled floodwaters to pluck hundreds of stranded people from their homes, officials confirmed at least three deaths from the monster storm, while USA media reported a fourth.
By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.
Heavy rains and storm surge created destructive flooding of several feet throughout the Carolina coast.
Florence was packing 120mph winds (193km/h) on Thursday but weakened from a Category 3 hurricane to Category 1 before it hit the coastline on Friday. It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington.
Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, North Carolina, a town of about 30,000 people at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.
"I can not overstate it: flood waters are rising".
More than 300 volunteers from nine U.S. states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.
The Navy sent ships to sea Monday from the Hampton Roads area to escape effects of Hurricane Florence.
"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.
Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began.
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning. A total of 3 storms have been spotted by the satellites as of September 13: Joyce, Isaac, and Helene.
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After landfall, the storm is expected to linger over the area for a few days, which would result in rising river levels and lakes. Days of intense rainfall could dump more than three feet of rain on the Carolinas, as the storm stalls when it reaches the coast.