Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

The shelter of a petrol station lies on the ground in Wilmington The hurricane has torn buildings apart and hundreds have been trapped by rising water
Celia Hoffman | 16 September, 2018, 05:13

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help to rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018, in New Bern, North Carolina.

As Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continued to chart a path of destruction across North and SC on Saturday, school gymnasiums morphed into makeshift shelters for thousands of people displaced from their homes in nearby flood-prone areas.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is wonderful and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters.

"This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", said the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in a bulletin.

"That's why I got this thing, to use in times like this", he said.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

More news: Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

Heavy rain and flooding are expected to continue at least through the weekend, and local officials said hundreds in areas hit by Florence still need rescue.

Homes have been washed away by storm surge or made unlivable by standing water, fallen trees or other debris.

A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.

In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods. It's expected to move westward through SC into Sunday morning and then curve up toward North Carolina.

"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday.

A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina, was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties. The figure for SC was 170,000. Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government past year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.

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