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'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

16 Septembre 2018

The North Carolina Baptist Men's organization planned to begin soon moving kitchen equipment inland, where they expect to prepare 85,000 meals a day when all its feeding operations are up and running.

View of Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said there was 10ft of water. He made the declaration Friday.

"This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches". It's about 90 miles northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. September 14.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

Water levels along the North and SC coasts are gradually receding as of Saturday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

Further along the Cape Fear River, grass and trees lining the banks were partly submerged, still well below a highway bridge crossing it. "As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread".

The H.F. Lee Power Station near Goldsboro has three inactive ash basins that flooded during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, exposing a small amount of coal ash that may have flowed into the nearby Neuse River.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life". In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats. As her son fed the goats in a hotel parking lot, she said she might not be able to return home until the middle of next week.

The remnants of Florence are expected to hit the peaks of western North Carolina in a couple of days.

It was moving west at 2 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

Florence blew ashore early Friday in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, buckling buildings, deluging entire communities and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses as it crawled inland and weakened into a still-lethal tropical storm.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the USA electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday. "We know how to prepare our plants for these types of major events". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned that life-threatening storm surges - in which water is pushed by a storm over land that would normally be dry - and catastrophic freshwater flooding were still expected.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the coastline for days. That, in turn, could trigger epic flooding well inland.

Other areas throughout the region reported flooded and impassable roads, downed trees and power lines and power outages of more than 125,000 customers.

"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.

As of 8 p.m., Florence was centered about 65 miles (100 kilometers) east-southeast of Columbia, the SC capital, crawling west at 2 mph (4 kph) - not even as fast as a person walking.

According to Doll, many areas in North Carolina are seeing somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain.

None of the people rescued were injured.

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas