Storm Florence: The impact in numbers

Nora Nguyen
September 17, 2018

The parts of the country still in the storm's path have been saturated by summer rains and can not soak up any surplus from Florence.

Along coastal communities, people trapped in homes by relentless flood waters awaited rescue, and tens of thousands hunkered down in shelters after fleeing their homes as the storm approached. "So we know it's time to go".

By Sunday morning Florence's winds had dropped to about 35 miles per hour (55 km per hour), the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

More than 20,000 people were staying in 157 emergency shelters in North Carolina on Saturday.

The Navy said Saturday that almost 30 surface ships would "start to return" to the Hampton Roads area on Sunday.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday. However, as US Presidents Trump says, "fake news".

A 40-foot yacht lies today in the yard of a storm-damaged home on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C.

"We'll get through this. Houses. Trees", Holt said.

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In the city of New Bern near the North Carolina coast, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000, which is at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and on social media.

As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least three people, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and southern China.

He told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that Florence's combination of heavy rainfall, extreme storm surge and high winds makes the storm "one for the record books".

The body of a 77-year-old man, also in Kinston, was found by his family at his home, and it is believed he died when he was blown down after going outside to check on his hunting dogs, Dail said. "There's a lot left to this even though the winds have died down and it's inland".

"People need to be very cautious and understand they don't need to be going on the road", Jordan said.

One of the authorities leading the response to Florence says the storm is causing "historic and unprecedented flooding".

Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall.

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The storm was expected to head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington as a category 1 storm causing widespread damage and flooding along the Carolina coastline.

"Flash flood warnings are now in effect across a large portion of southeastern North Carolina and portions of far northeastern SC".

The centre of the slow-moving storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it came ashore Friday afternoon, was almost stalled over SC early Saturday, about 55 kilometres west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 8 km/h and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters that five deaths have been officially confirmed in his state, with several more under investigation. "I've never seen the water as high as it came".

The coast has been battered, and the mountains appear to be next.

Governor Cooper advised North Carolina residents inland that rivers will rise days after the rain has stopped. The previous record was 24 inches (61 cm), set by Hurricane Floyd, which killed 56 people in 1999, said Bryce Link, a meteorologist with private forecasting service DTN Marine Weather.

"People fail to heed warnings and get out or they get into the flood waters trying to escape their home". "If you live near a body of water, don't let your guard down and follow local evacuation orders!" "I think we're OK".

"It's not often that we have to prepare for a hurricane in the mountains, but we are doing so on our campus", Jason Marshburn, the director of safety and emergency management at Appalachian State University in Boone, wrote in a letter to students and faculty members.

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