Flooding in Carolinas as Tropical Storm Florence leave 13 dead, incl Baby
Nearly 13 people died, including a baby when the powerful Florence hit the Carolina city. The Tropical Storm Florence’s heavy rain is flooding parts of the Carolinas. According to the officials, the continued heavy rains are going to bring more flooding to the city.
“The one thing I want to prevent is thousands of people stranded on our interstates or US routes,” said state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdan.
A 73-mile stretch of the highway closed Saturday because of flooding and an accident involving a tractor-trailer. According to the officials, the flooding is just the first step.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Saturday, “The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it … made landfall 24 hours ago. We face walls of water at our coasts, along with our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities, and in our towns.”
The storm’s center is now approaching South Carolina, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina — setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.
The Two states are expected to have floods in the coming days as rivers are overflowing with the heavy rainfall and they would not settle down for next 3-5 days.
Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and South Carolina.
It has trapped people in flooded homes, with citizen swift-water rescue teams from out of state joining local emergency professionals to try to bring them to safety.