Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

More than 2 feet of rain already had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on as Florence, a hurricane-turned-tropical storm, practically parked itself over the two states.

The utility reported 2,315 customers experiencing outages in Spartanburg County due to the storm.

In South Carolina's Union County, a 61-year-old woman was killed Friday night when the vehicle she was driving struck a downed tree, state emergency management spokesman Antonio Diggs said.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a press conference.

The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence has been given the go-ahead to return.

While Florence is, as of 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, now "just" a tropical storm, it has still ripped the Carolina coast with heavy winds and record-breaking rainfall, causing widespread damage for humans and wildlife alike.

A family rescued from their New Jersey home by boat during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 is waiting to find out whether Florence took their new one in North Carolina. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed hotel.

In its initial onslaught along the coast, Florence buckled buildings, deluged entire communities and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

Rescue workers rush a man to an ambulance after a giant tree fell on a house in Wilmington, Hurricane Florence came ashore, September 14, 2018.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the storm-related deaths of an 81-year-old man in Wayne County who fell and struck head while packing to evacuate Friday.

4 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said that Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to move southwest at 5 miles per hour and has sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

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Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the area.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

The city awoke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts of wind throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions.

The NHC said Florence had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.

The statement added, the president closely monitored the impact of the devastating storm throughout the day, and plans to visit areas affected by florence when conditions allow. The slow-moving storm is still dumping colossal amounts of rain on North Carolina and parts of northern SC.

Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Authorities were preparing to release water from several dams, fearing constant rains could push reservoirs to dangerously high levels.

Storm Florence has battered the eastern United States coast with non-stop rain, surging seawater and howling winds.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches. States of emergency Rainfall totals for the storm will seemingly be linked to these in hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999, the National Climate Service's Chris Wamsley acknowledged "The most inviting disagreement is, support then it was inner 14 days", he acknowledged.

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