With "Angry Waters" Rising, Officials Warn Of Risk To Life From Florence


With "Angry Waters" Rising, Officials Warn Of Risk To Life From Florence

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors.

What is left of tropical storm Florence is soaking the mid-Atlantic with buckets of rain as it drifts toward New England, leaving death and destruction behind in the Carolinas.

"Many people who think that the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River was expected to reach major flood stage at 58 feet (17.6 meters) on Monday and hit almost 62 feet (18.9 meters) on Tuesday before receding.

"The worst is yet to come", as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, an NWS meteorologist.

While the risk of land and rock slides in the western part of the state have dissipated, Cooper said, roads in the eastern part of the state remain risky.

The perils stretched across North Carolina's more than 800-kilometres width. As the storm "begins to finally recede, they will kick into an even higher gear". They might not know when they'll get back to school.

The death toll rose to at least 16 in North and SC, where roads were treacherous and even the most stately trees were falling. Elsewhere in North Carolina, an 88-year-old man died after his auto was swept away.

A fallen tree is shown after it crashed through the home where a woman and her baby were killed in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

- An 81-year-old man who fell and struck his head while packing to evacuate in Wayne County, North Carolina.

Several victims died on flooded roads. "We want you home, but you can't come yet".

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The family's homes are still damaged from Matthew, but they survived.

"It's the first time we've ever had to move anything like this", Rose said.

People in the affected zone say navigating the region remains extremely challenging as some roadways caved in and crumbling, while others have become impassable because of flood water.

"We were stir-crazy from being inside so long", Moore said. "We're just having a good old time out here, enjoying the weather".

The volunteer United Cajun Navy rescue group says it was helping in Leland, where about 200 people have made calls for help, after it made numerous rescues in Wilmington.

The doors of many houses suffered so much wind damage they appeared to have been kicked in, while the city's beloved fiber-glass bear statues, which are sponsored by local businesses, were floating down streets.

Hundreds of thousands of homes across North and SC are without power and tens of thousands of people are in emergency shelters.

The flooding could taint waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste. According to a release from Cooper's office, the two spoke briefly at RDU Airport and specifically discussed challenges facing the state, including fuel supply, road closures, and wastewater.

As of 2:00 am (0600 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour, and 'additional weakening is forecast while the center moves farther inland, ' the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet (3 meters). As of Monday, it was up to 54 feet, and is expected to crest at 62 feet Tuesday.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath.

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