Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

SC governor gives update on Florence response at 2:30 PM

SC governor gives update on Florence response at 2:30 PM

Newport, North Carolina, reported 23.75 inches of rainfall by Saturday morning. Many of those were in areas where mandatory evacuations orders were in effect.

More than 360 people had to be rescued in New Bern North Carolina alone. It said it was located about 50 miles (65 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

In North Carolina, unrelenting rains were expected to swell the Cape Fear River to 62 feet next week, 3 feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Earlier, authorities said two people died from inhaling carbon monoxide from a generator in their home.

"We are expecting several more days of rain, and our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said as the relenting storm puttered slowly west near the SC border. "To put this in context, we correctly predicted the full extent of Hurricane Harvey's economic damage to be $190 billion previous year", AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said.

"When you can help your fellow man, you can get out there and do what you're trained to do, that's a great thing", Bill Reddon of the New York Fire Department said.

"There's mud all over the floor and the wood floors have buckled", she said, adding they planned to return to her brother's house because of the musty smell that pervades their home.

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Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the Carolinas on Sunday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen dead and billions of dollars in damage in the southeastern United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is giving another update on the state's response to Tropical Storm Florence. Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims.

'All roads in the state right now are at risk of floods, ' he said.

One of those was the Waccamaw River in South Carolina's Horry County, which had reached 8.9 feet by Saturday; it floods at 11 feet.

HEMSI spokesperson Don Webster says even if you think you have a good reason for staying behind, doing so can risky for you and for first responders. It has top sustained winds of 25 miles per hour (55 kph) and is moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

The storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday morning and weakened to a tropical storm hours after, caused massive damage across the USA states of North and SC by felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people, inundating communities and knocking out power.

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Southwestern Virginia is also expecting up to 10in (25cm).

In South Carolina, there were 7,000 people staying in shelters.

Hurricane Florence claimed several lives as it engulfed the east coast.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned Saturday that the volume of rainwater Florence will drop in the coming days may cause flooding not seen at least in a generation. An ominous tweet appeared on the historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Joel Cline said the mountains will wring water out of the moist tropical air: "It's like running into a wall, and that moisture has to go somewhere, and it goes up, creates rain, and you have torrential rain in that area".

The mayor spoke at an afternoon press conference along with other city and county officials who urged people to take the storm seriously.

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