A member of the US Coast Guard runs Mill Creek Road check of houses after the tropical storm Florence hit Newport, N. C., Saturday, sept. 15, 2018. A day after the blowing of the shore with 90 mph (145 km / h) wind, Florence’s practically parked itself on land the whole day long and poured on the rain. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)
MIAMI – A heavy-duty reaction is trudging through heavy rainfall and the water to help people trapped or displaced by Florence aqueous attack. Storm winds would drop, but the rivers rise and the coming days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.
BY THE NUMBERS
—Storm killed at least 11 people have died
—Heavy rain: Almost 31 inches (79 centimeters) of rain was reported in Swansboro, on the coast of North Carolina
—In the dark: More than 700,000 outages on Sunday morning, especially in North Carolina
Protected: More than 20,000 people in shelters in North Carolina, 6,400 in South Carolina, and 400 in Virginia
—Grounded: More than 2,400 flights cancelled
—Potential losses: an estimated $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damage
—Rescued: more than 500 people needed help in high water around New Bern and Jacksonville, North Carolina
IMAGES FROM THE GROUND
Images captured by Associated Press journalists show floods in the Carolina’s.
TO FIND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES
Officials say closures can take up to a week along Interstate 95 in North Carolina. The highway would be flooded in near Fayetteville, and near the South Carolina state line due to the expected flooding in the Cape Fear and Lumber rivers. A 16-mile (26-kilometer) stretch of I-95 near Dunn had already closed on Saturday.
NORTH CAROLINA RECOVERY
Emergency management officials and non-profit groups can’t wait for Florence’s raining or discontinue water to draw before starting, to help people recover from the storm. Tens of thousands of meals were prepared to serve in the most affected areas, rooms and other temporary housing are established for people displaced from their homes.
Outer Banks residents and businesses owners are reporting relatively minimal damage in the low-lying barrier islands. Although the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence’s wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch per year.
The government can only not as much as a storm strikes, so hardware and building supply companies ready with batteries, gas cans, tarps, and chainsaws a long time for the landing. Home Depot and North Carolina-based Lowe’s, the two largest home supply companies — both activated advanced emergency command centers with their own meteorologists.
TWO LARGE STORMS
Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the manner in which they spread destruction was as different as water and wind . Experts say Mangkhut may end up being one of the more deadly storm, although Florence could tally a higher insured loss total.
Wildlife experts say that there is no need to worry about a herd of wild horses that roams North Carolina in the Outer Banks. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund posted a Facebook update on Saturday to say that the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs were “just do their thing, graze, socialize, and wondering what us crazy people are all worked.”
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