Florence expected to weaken as flood risk rises

Rescue personnel use a small boat as they go house to house checking for flood victims from Florence in New Bern NC. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

Despite its weakening Sunday from a tropical storm, its relentless rain drenched already saturated areas as authorities warned the danger is far from over.

With rivers swelling toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate up and down the coast for fear the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history. On the coast of the river break their banks and torrents of water flooded farms and farmland, our homes and cities.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got more than 30 inches and counting, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state.

Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County, said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city of almost 120,000 people. It has top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and is moving west at 6 miles per hour (9 kph). Both states also are at a risk of unsafe flash floods and river flooding.

Between 15 and 30 inches of rain have fallen in many locations in eastern North Carolina, according to the Weather Channel, and between 5 and 10 inches have fallen in northern SC.

A farm house is surrounded by flood waters from tropical storm Florence in Hyde County NC. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

With another 18 to 24 hours of heavy rain predicted, locals said they have not seen a hurricane this bad since 1999, according to Mr. Buckland. 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.

The Carolinas had modest gains - a 2.5 percent increase in SC and a 3.5 percent increase in North Carolina.

When they got to the home, the woman was dead, authorities said.

- A man was killed while checking on his dogs in Lenoir County, North Carolina. They included three who died "due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways", the Duplin County Sheriff's Office reported. The nerves were high for the mother of two because Hurricane Irma did a number in the county she lives in, around this time previous year.

It came after a mother and her eight-month-old child were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house in Wilmington.

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- A man who drowned in an overturned vehicle on a flooded road in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Florence, a onetime hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina since Thursday, and continued to produce widespread heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern SC, the National Weather Service said.

A tattered American flag after Hurricane Florence in Jacksonville N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

"In addition to the flash flood and flooding threat, landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachians across western North Carolina into southwest Virginia", it said.

Governor Cooper advised North Carolina residents inland that rivers will rise days after the rain has stopped. Several rivers were approaching record levels, and officials warned that cresting in some areas won't come until later in the week.

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The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is predicting "Major Flooding", its most severe classification, from the Pungo River in Belhaven, NC, to the Trent River in Pollocksville, NC, as of early Saturday morning.

"That's terrific. Nothing sells flood insurance like a storm", said Robert Hunter, who ran the National Flood Insurance Program in the 1970s. "There have been hundreds of rescues".

At one point Sunday afternoon, part of a makeshift barrier meant to plug a low point in the city's main levee system gave way and river water leaked through - prompting workers to try to shore it back up with construction equipment.

Official predict that when the water reaches 26 feet, the barriers will be overwhelmed. In South and North Carolina evacuated residents of coastal areas is just over 1.5 million people.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said it was too early to estimate how many people in the state would be made homeless by the storm.

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