Wilmington cut off by extreme flooding as floodwaters rise in North Carolina


Wilmington cut off by extreme flooding as floodwaters rise in North Carolina

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina remains largely cut off from the rest of the state.

The storm has set rainfall records in several locations in North Carolina, including Swansboro, with a whopping 34 inches, Hoffman Forest with 29.48 inches and Sunny Point with 27.44 inches.

Of the 33 storm-related deaths, at least 26 were in North Carolina, six were in SC and one was in Virginia.

But it's impossible to say how deep the Lumber River is now, because the official river gauge stopped working a few days ago.

"Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct", he wrote on Twitter.

The National Weather Service said there was an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina.

"The storm has never been more risky than it is right now", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference yesterday.

"We want you home, but you can't come yet". The incident occurred after the toddler and his mother became trapped in their vehicle amid rising flood waters.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas, and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

- President Donald Trump will arrive in North Carolina on Wednesday to tour parts of North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence.

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Cooper said. "Now we're having river flooding, many of our rivers are approaching risky flood levels and the flooding is only going to increase in those areas".

The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, NC, around 7:40 a.m. ET Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. Roads are being cleared and the landfill is open to accept storm refuse. Forecasters said states in the Northeast are in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain before the system moves offshore again.

The flooding of coal ash dumps and hog farms in North Carolina has raised concerns about pollution, according to the Associated Press.

Remnants from Florence are moving into the Northeast on Tuesday morning.

Rex Gehring, 62, was unsure what he would do with the house he bought outside Fayetteville, another town on the Cape Fear River, after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 forced its previous owner into foreclosure.

More than 347,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday morning, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.



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