In a late act of drenching the Carolina coast, flood waters from Hurricane Florence are set to pour into Georgetown, South Carolina.
Although the community of 9,000 avoided the eye of the storm and much of the rain in the days after the hurricane hit, flooding is now unavoidable as water flowing from far inland hits the coast.
Local officials said they expect the rivers near Georgetown to crest early on Thursday at record levels.
The community is doing everything it can to keep the historic town above water as the town expects anywhere from 5 to 10ft of water on the streets. Some 26,000 sandbags were passed out since the weekend, said Randy Akers, the deputy public information officer for the Georgetown county emergency operations center.
“Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a midday news conference.
- Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning. The tropical storm was located about 15 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell onto their home in Wilmington. Police said the father was taken to a nearby hospital.
- More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said.
- Over 700,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina on Friday night, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
- Nearly 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
- 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.
Source: Tropical Storm Florence: 5 killed as storm hits North Carolina, South Carolina, as a hurricane today – latest weather forecast, path, power outages, flooding zone impact – live updates – CBS News
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29″). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
About 1,100 flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been canceled as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware.com. That’s in addition to more than 600 cancellations Thursday.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline than previously feared — before pushing its way inland.
Georgia’s governor has declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as forecasters now say Hurricane Florence could take a southwest turn.
In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal says the state “is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence.”
Deal’s declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service’s storm forecast shows a chance that Florence’s track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week.
Incredible images captured from the International Space Station show Hurricane Florence barreling toward the U.S. East Coast.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures taken 249 miles above the eye of the storm. “Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye,” he wrote. “Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons
Hurricane Florence is hurtling toward the US East Coast. It strengthened to a Category-3 storm on Monday morning. It’s expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday morning then moving further inland, bringing the risk of devastating storms, rain, and floods. Residents have started stockpiling supplies.