Hurricane Florence's catastrophic flooding is a sign of what's to come

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 18, 2018

Hurricane Florence is now located about 15 miles north-northeast of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina.

So far, officials have attributed two deaths to the Category 1 storm: Someone in Lenoir County died as they plugged in a generator while a woman suffered a heart attack and emergency crews were unable to reach her in time. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain while another man died when he was knocked down by high winds while checking on his dogs.

It is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

The first deaths at the hand of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. have been reported, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

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

Florence is moving inland at 10 kilometers per hour (6 mph), giving it more time to churn, suck up water, batter the coast, and bring massive amounts of rain inland.

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More than 400 people had to be rescued from their homes or vehicles and some 20,000 were taking refuge in shelters across North and SC and Virginia. On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones.

Catastrophic damage has occurred to homes and businesses.

More than two feet of rain has bombarded the counties.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still unsafe, crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

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