Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

The child's father was transported to the hospital with injuries. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning.

Rescued: More than 400 people needed help in high waters in New Bern and Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Gibson said Friday that while she and her family were safe, she and her husband had gotten around 75 calls and texts from others asking for help. According to meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, climate change appears to be affecting areas of high pressure in the atmosphere, which can slow down storms, while rising water temperatures can make them more intense.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

Animal feeding operations above a certain size need to be "designed and operated to handle the rainfall and runoff from 25-year 24-hour storms", Sauerhage said in an emailed response to questions from Reuters.

The river swamped the town after Hurricane Matthew came through two years ago: One church parishioner drowned during that storm, more than 700 families were displaced from their homes, and two of the city's largest public housing projects were destroyed, Foreman said. Residents there have been dealing with flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages in the wake of Mangkhut.

More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet (45 centimeters) before Sunday is out.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

"Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

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George Pace returned to his neighborhood and saw his home for the first time, expecting the worst, but discovering only minimal damage.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

This satellite image shows Hurricane Florence as it made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

Calling the deadly storm a "thousand-year rain event", Gov Cooper continued: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse". "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state.

The personnel combined with other agencies to form the Tennessee EMS Ambulance Strike Team and the TEMA-Middle Tennessee Fire Chiefs swift-water rescue team.

Florence is projected to migrate at barely more than a walking pace across northern SC, passing close to the city of Florence - truly - on Saturday.

"Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday".

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