WHAT HAPPENS: the Water will haunt Carolina after Florence

Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater of Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N. C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

MIAMI – As hurricane Harvey and Katrina before it, Florence will be remembered for unleashing a dizzying amount of water over a vast area. The floods unfolded just as forecasters expected, but many residents in the Carolina’s still seemed overwhelmed as they were plucked from a vehicle roof or pulled by a boat from their flooded homes. Or they were just too stubborn, too little money to go away, or that she had seen worse destruction, is already haunted by what the water has swept away.


—Storm deaths: Florence is being blamed for at least 20 dead in the Carolina’s, Typhoon Mangkhut has killed at least 69 people in the Philippines and China.

—Heavy rain: Almost 36 inches (91 centimeters) of rain has fallen over Elizabethtown, North Carolina, and other cities have seen approximately 30 inches (76 cm) of rain since Thursday

—High water: The Cape Fear River is set to crest at 62 feet (19 meters) on Tuesday

—In the dark: About 500,000 deaths, mainly in North-Carolina

—Damage estimates: $17 billion to $22 billion in lost economic output and material damage, according to economists at Moody’s Analytics

—Evacuations: Tens of thousands ordered out of communities along North Carolina’s steadily rising rivers, while more than 2.4 million people in southern china’s Guangdong province, were warned in time to escape Mangkhut

—To the rescue: more Than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were employed in North Carolina, and the Department of Defense assigned to 13,500 military personnel to help relief efforts

—Safe: North Carolina’s governor says 2,600 employees and 300 animals were rescued

—Blocked: 1,200 North Carolina roads closed, including 357 primary roads

—The city under water: 4,300 homes in New Bern, North Carolina, inundated by flooding, or a third of the whole number of the houses in the city

Founded: about 200 US flights cancelled Monday, down sharply from the 3,500 cancelled from Wednesday through Sunday


Images captured by Associated Press journalists show floods caused by Florence in the Carolina’s and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines .


The officials in the Carolina’s are worried about what deaths are still to come in the middle of the swelling of the rivers and the flooding of Florence’s crawling all over both countries. So far, a number of people have died after they pulled into the stormwaters , and falling trees have killed two small children.


Experts say that people probably got complacent about Florence because a scale that only categorizes hurricanes by the wind strength. Water is responsible for the vast majority of the deaths in hurricanes and tropical storms, but this risk is not included in the system that the players used when they described the storm as a “Category 1 hurricane” at landfall.


Only to rely on a smartphone to send to a disaster zone is not a smart idea. After some navigation apps, or in the car of the map, get directions sent people in North Carolina on roads that were flooded or blocked by debris, the Google-owned Waze said that it was to work with the local authorities and the private community of volunteer map editors mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in South Carolina and Virginia.


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