Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

Oceanfront homes sit over rough surf from tropical storm Florence in Rodanthe NC. Saturday Sept. 15 2018

But the role of global warning in a specific storm such as Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut is not so simple - at least not without detailed statistical and computer analyses.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Florence's landfall in parts of North and SC, though many people chose to remain in their homes for reasons ranging from financial concerns and the need to care for pets that they may not have been able to take to some evacuation shelters, some who stayed in their residences told ABC News ahead of the storm.

"We can not hold the shoreline still in the context of a rising sea level", he said.

More than 300 volunteers from nine U.S. states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.

Florence flattened trees, damaged buildings and crumpled roads. Meanwhile, two men can be seen in the background strolling casually with no effort in the rain. With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

"That's why I got this thing, to use in times like this", he said.

At 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour.

The casualties include a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.


A Kossin study this year showed that tropical cyclones - a category that includes hurricanes and typhoons - are moving slower and even stalling.

Serious flooding is expected in inland areas of the two states, with waters already rising in communities such as Conway, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach - and some rivers may not crest for another three to five days.

More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

And dolphins were spotted closer than usual to shore near in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help to rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018, in New Bern, North Carolina.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

It's part of the same pattern that unfolded during Hurricane Katrina, when some 150,000 to 200,000 people remained in their homes despite federal evacuation orders, and during Hurricane Maria, which an independent study conducted by George Washington University recently revealed resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.

"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Heavy rains: Up to 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) falling on seven states over seven days, as much water as there is the entire Chesapeake Bay.

New Bern, which has a population of about 30,000, was once the capital of the state's colonial government. We got thrown into mailboxes. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

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