Storm chaser records Florence battering Carolina coast

Storm chaser records Florence battering Carolina coast

Storm chaser records Florence battering Carolina coast

The centre of Tropical Storm Florence has moved into SC, and both it and North Carolina continue to face powerful winds and catastrophic flooding.

Tropical Storm Florence could taint North Carolina waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste as heavy rains test environmental rules written with milder weather in mind, carrying the risk of contaminating water with bacteria like salmonella, officials said on Friday.

If Florence doesn't wipe out oceanfront homes perched on stilts along the Carolinas coast, rising sea levels will. Florence lashed low-lying barrier islands that experience some of the fastest rates of sea level rise observed anywhere in the world, almost an inch a year.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

U.S. media later said a second man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Homes are boarded up before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, N.C.

People being rescued by the US Army in New Bern North Carolina
People being rescued by the US Army in New Bern North Carolina

Florence's winds weakened to tropical storm strength Friday afternoon, but its torrential rain and storm surge remain life-threatening. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Saturday. "In addition to the ongoing, risky storm surge and flash flooding, will be a long-term river flood threat WELL INLAND as very heavy rainfall continues to fall in the coming days". Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

Climate change could be playing a role in slowing down storms like Hurricane Florence, resulting in more rainfall and flooding when they hit.

4 deaths were confirmed by officials as American media reported another, and the storm has wreaked havoc in the Carolinas, lashing the USA states with torrential rain and causing rivers to burst their banks.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Shell said she has one bedroom and a 20-by-40-foot sunroom she estimates could house up to 20 cots. At that time, Florence was a Category 1 storm but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet (45 centimeters) before Sunday is out. "North Carolinians are resilient and we're going to pull together and get this thing done".

Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat. "We are stuck in the attic".

Boat teams rescued residents Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault. "We are doing as well as we can", Coudriet said.

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Florence's storm surge threatens more than 750,000 homes in the region, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic. The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents.

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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. The National Weather Service shared images of Union Point on the shore at New Bern before and after the storm surge hit.

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