What a week it has been! With forecasters trying to pinpoint Florence's path, she refused to cooperate. What was once a Category 4 headed right to my city, with the greatest of thanksgiving we watched as the EYE collapsed and the storm was down graded eventually to a tropical depression. Florence pummeled our Coast with rain, wind, flooding and tornado warnings. As the routine goes for seasoned & beginner hurricane folks we knew evacuations, power loss, damaged trees and flooding were all part of the deal we sign up for when we call the Coastline HOME!
Florence came ashore as a 400 mile wide category one hurricane on Friday morning with 90mph winds. Across the Carolina's Florence left dozens of communities devastated as it moved slowly through the Carolinas. Today, post-storm we now brace for part two of Florence which is the widespread, catastrophic flooding as rivers swell towards record levels. In North Carolina some 900,000 homes and businesses lost power and more than 450 people had to be rescued from New Bern after homes were flooded and boats were swept on to land.
Flooding from Florence created "islands" of land in Brunswick County, virtually inaccessible from one another. From Leland down to Town Creek, from Town Creek to N.C. 211, and from N.C. 211 down to the state line, residents who haven’t already evacuated are stuck. Continue reading here...
The Waccamaw River outside of Conway, SC could exceed Hurricane Matthew flood levels by 3 feet in about a week, according to the latest projections. Flood waters are not expected to reach their peak for 7 - 10 days. Click here for more.
The NCDOT stated that while many are relying on GPS navigation units, these systems are actually routing people into dangerous situations.
“Due to flooding in southern and eastern NC and potential landslides in the west, NCDOT advises that motorists not travel through NC. Several sections of I-95 and I-40 are flooded. Travel should be completely avoided in areas south of US 64 and east of I-73/I-74. As the situation is rapidly changing NCDOT is doing our best to report these closures but recognizes that we are not yet aware of all closures, therefore we advise not to travel in these areas. Flooding is beginning to affect travel in central North Carolina. GPS systems are routing users into areas NCDOT is not recommending for travel,” according to the NCDOT. Click here for more...
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