‘Slow poison’ Florence depressions Carolina, killing at least five



Flooding: Why Tropical Storm Florence is still dangerous

Although Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Tropical Storm Florence, it is still dangerous due to its slow pace that is caused by heavy rainfall and severe flooding.

Rescue and response operations underway Saturday in the Carolina ‘ s after the Tropical Storm Florence battered homes up and down the coast, killing at least five people and leaving millions of others in the dark.

The officials fear that there’s more to come.

“It’s like being stalked by a turtle,” FEMA associate director Jeffrey Byard said about the slow storm. “There is a lot of rain to come. There is a lot of rain that has fallen.”

Officials warned residents that while the wind has backed, the heavy shower of rain will likely continue through the weekend, producing floods and possible landslides, making it difficult for the evacuated residents to return home and assess the damage.

The authorities have confirmed that there are five dead and fear the number will go higher as tropical storm creeping westward Saturday in South Carolina.

Early Saturday, the police, seven people died as a result of the storm, but later revised the tally, to say that there are two deaths were the result of a murder-suicide that happened during the storm and is now under investigation.

“This thing is like a slow poison,” Rep. Tom Rice, R-S. C., told Fox News.

Among the dead are a mother and her 8-month baby, who were crushed when a tree fell on their house. The father was trapped for hours, but the first reactions were able to take him out and take him to the hospital.

In a separate incident, a 77-year-old man was knocked down by the wind and died after going to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said. The governor said a fourth man was electrocuted while trying to connect to extension cords in the rain.

The emergency services, police and fire brigade members to wait until the removal of the bodies of a mother and child who were killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington, N. C. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The father was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP)

(The News & Observer ©2018)

New Bern, North Carolina Mayor Dana Outlaw also urged the residents not to return just yet.

“We have a lot of downed power lines,” he told Fox News. “We are very concerned with these energy lines and people could get hurt. So give the city the time to get out and assess our infrasture and for the roads safe for you to travel.”

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence a “uninvited ” brute” that could wipe out entire communities if he spins his way across country.

“The fact is, this storm is deadly and we know that we are days away from the end,” he said.


Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday, but despite the dip, Florence continued deluging the area Saturday with a storm-wind force swirling about 350 km wide. It is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by late Saturday, forecasters said.

Some cities have already seen 2 metres from the rain of Florence, with forecasters say the number can increase to 3 1/2 ft, and trigger epic flooding in the interior in the beginning of the following week.

Friday saw frantic rescue operation is underway, as the first on the spot attracted more than 360 trapped and stranded residents to safety.

Dozens of people were also pulled from a collapsed motel in New Bern.


Since the roared ashore, Florence flattened, trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads. The storm knocked out power to nearly 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number may rise.

Storm surges — the bulge of the ocean water on the shore, pushed by the hurricane — were as high as 10 metres.

Shocked after seeing the waves on the Neuse River just outside his home in New Bern, owner of a restaurant and the hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

“I feel like the dumbest man who ever walked the face of the earth,” he said.

Florence peaked at a Category 4 with winds top of 140 km / h over warm ocean waters before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 p.m. in Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, and not far from the South Carolina line. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, empty-out of the piece of the coast.

Saturday morning, top sustained winds had weakened to 50 km / h as it moved further inland on a 5 mph about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

But it was clear that this is really about the water, not in the wind.

Morehead City (North Carolina) had received 23 inches of rain on Friday night, and forecasters warned Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches more.


Sometimes, Florence was moving forward no faster than a man can walk, and it has remained as a major storm, that its against the clock winds keep scooping up huge amounts of moisture from the sea. The flooding began on the barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread to the coast and the river communities and in South Carolina, swamping the white beaches and the golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

For the people who live in the interior in the Carolina’s, maximum danger could come days later when all that water drains, flooding of rivers and causes floods.

The authorities warned also of the risks of mudslides, and environmental disasters from water washing over industrial waste sites and farms.

About 9,700 National Guard soldiers and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.


Florence can be an important test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared last year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was nearly 3,000.

The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break down over the southern Appalachian mountains and make a right angle to the northeast, rainy remnants move in the Mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue, of it has been calculated that Florence could dump up to 18 billion litres of rain a week in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. That is enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or the entire state of Texas with nearly 4 inches of water.

North Carolina, only is the weather to get 9.6 trillion liters, enough to the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, fire and police fought wind and rain, as they went from door to door to pull more than 60 people from the Triangle Motor Inn began to crumble.

In New Bern, population of 29,000, flood on the Neuse River on the left 500 people in danger.

“WE are COMING to GET YOU,” the city tweeted during the height of the storm. “You have to go to the second story, or your attic, but WE will COME GET YOU.”

Boat teams, including, volunteers, rescued, about 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row away from her at Florence, attack.

“The wind was so hard, that the waters were so hard … We have thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees,” said Holt, who had stayed at home, because of a doctor’s appointment that was later cancelled. She was eventually rescued by the crew of the boat; 140 more expected to help.

Ashley Warren and friend, Chris Smith, managed to paddle near their house in a boat with their two dogs and were left shaken.

“To be honest, I grew up in Wilmington. I love hurricanes. But this is an experience for me,” she said. “We can leave.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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