Ernestine Crumpler, 80, is helped by members of the Nebraska Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team as they evacuate an assisted living facility in Fayetteville, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.45
WILMINGTON, NC - SEPTEMBER 15: People wait in line to fill up their gas cans at a gas station that was damaged when Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 15, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)54
At least 13 people are dead as the coastal Carolinas continue to feel Florence's wrath.
A day after blowing ashore with 90 mph winds, Florence practically parked itself over land all day long and poured on the rain. With rivers swelling toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.
Some parts of North Carolina saw over 30 inches of rain.
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Officials in both South and North Carolina said the flooding threat wasn't over.
“I cannot overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren’t watching for them, you are risking your life,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
IMPACTS TO GEORGIA:
Overall impacts are expected to remain limited in Georgia.Showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will increase tonight through Sunday, particularly in eastern/northeastern portions of the area, closer to the storm’s track.
Heaviest rainfall totals may reach 1" in far northeastern portions of the area.
Breezy conditions will continue tonight, especially in eastern portions of the area where sustained winds around 15-20 mph and gusts up to around 30 mph can be expected. In Northeast GA, a Wind Advisory is in effect for Rabun and Habersham where gusts could reach 40 mph, especially above 3000’
While NC, SC deal with flooding rainfall, we began seeing some outer bands move into N GA today, a trend to continue into Sun. Here's how much rain and wind you can expect in N GA. After the game I'm updating your hour-by-hour Sunday forecast, showing when rain could impact you. pic.twitter.com/zhPJ0r3tac— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 16, 2018
11pm Update: #Florence's winds have further weakened & we are expecting it to be downgraded to a Depression early Sunday. The flooding, however, will last for days. With 5-10", isolated 20" expected in Western NC, we are concerned with isolated landslides. pic.twitter.com/gqOEZgfLTX— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 16, 2018
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of North Carolina until 7 a.m.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of North Carolina until 7 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/SxUUulgboL— NWS Wilmington NC (@NWSWilmingtonNC) September 16, 2018
"The worst flooding is yet to come for portions of the Carolinas, the southern/central Appalachians from western NC to west-central VA and far eastern WV," the National Weather Service tweeted.
The Town of Linden is taking on a tremendous amount of water. This was taken on Loop Road a few minutes ago. The Evacuation is MANDATORY! #NCReady #BeSmart #SeekHigherGround #SafetyFirst call 910-678-7657 for transportation. #ValuePeopleOverProperty pic.twitter.com/acA4Q1E8na— Sheriff Ennis Wright (@Sheriff_EWright) September 16, 2018
Channel 2's Tony Thomas is in Myrtle Beach, where some residents were able to go back to their properties to check for damage. Officials are still concerned about river flooding in the coming days, but so far, Florence doesn't appear to have left much damage.
Flooding-rain continues to fall across the Carolinas. SC is now receiving some big totals as well with Myrtle Beach up to nearly 8". Many rivers in NC will crest early week at historical levels. I'm updating N GA's impacts right now. Look for that shortly. pic.twitter.com/u4Qgwg4g5o— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
Five people have been arrested for looting at a Family Dollar store in Wilmington.
NEWS ALERT - Moments ago officers arrested five individuals who broke in and looted the Dollar General at 5th & Dawson Streets. Charges are pending and those details will be released as they become available.— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 15, 2018
Wilmington Police say people are looting a Family Dollar Store. In response an extended curfew is now in place in the area. This curfew went into effect at 5 pm and will remain in effect until 6 am. The citywide curfew will run from 10 pm until 6 am.
Rain is pushing into the metro Atlanta area this afternoon.
President Donald Trump has approved a major natural disaster declaration for North Carolina.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
This is a little bit of good news!
We are happy to announce that all of the Ocracoke ponies are safe and that the pony pen did not sustain any damage from Hurricane Florence. pic.twitter.com/tfILQrB7A6— Cape Hatteras National Seashore (@CapeHatterasNPS) September 15, 2018
Just arrived back in #ATL from Fayetteville, NC -- still watching the Cape Fear River that we showed you this morning. It's up to 25 feet now -- forecast to rise another nearly FORTY feet by Tuesday morning. Major flooding. #Florence #StormWatchon2— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) September 15, 2018
Parts of North Carolina are under mandatory evacuation orders due to rising flood waters.
Rainfall projections aren't looking good for NC/SC. 10-20" of additional rain is NOT what they need. Here in NE GA, up to 1" is possible tonight/Sunday. Less than a half inch in the Metro. #Florence pic.twitter.com/9PkSu1uVUF— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
The mayor of New Bern, North Carolina said 4,200 homes have been damaged by Florence. 400+ people have been rescued there with rescues still ongoing.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls said an additional 10 to 20 inches of rain could fall.
Incredible rain totals coming out of NC, where another 10-20" are possible. We're getting in new information and video of the ongoing flooding and rescues. We'll have that for you tonight on the Nightbeat. #Florence pic.twitter.com/F1dzXfjR6a— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
Florence is slowly moving into western South Carolina.
As #Florence slowly moves into western SC, our breeze will pick up, gusting to 20 mph in the Metro today and tomorrow. Up to 30 mph gusts are possible in East & NE GA closer to the center track. Rabun & Habersham are under a Wind Advisory for 40 mph gusts. pic.twitter.com/Sxbey8mtHq— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
Florence will continue to slowly creep westward throughout the day.
On Sunday, Florence is expected to begin to accelerate northwestward with the center remaining just east of Georgia.
Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal South Carolina counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state.
Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.
Transportation officials in North Carolina say conditions on the roads continue to change.
"Roads open today may be closed by this afternoon," one official said. "I do anticipate tomorrow we'll have a significant increase in the number of roads covered in water."
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says she expects Florence to weaken to a depression in the next 12 hours.
11AM Update: Barely-moving Florence is just barely a Tropical Storm with sustained winds of 45 mph. It will likely be downgraded to a Depression in the next 12 hours. The heaviest rain associated with it is on the east and north side of the system. pic.twitter.com/faOt1FjeMG— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper instructs residents who have evacuated to "stay put."
"We know that people are anxious to get back home, but don't go back until this storm passes, and you get the official all-clear," Cooper said.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls is keeping track of rainfall totals in the Carolinas. Georgia is expected to only get up to an inch due to Florence.
10AM UPDATED RAINFALL DATA: New numbers came in within the last hour, and it's astounding. More than 30" in Swansboro, pushing two FEET at the @NWSMoreheadCity office and Emerald Isle. Another 10-20" are possible in these already-flooded areas. pic.twitter.com/87zIGewHTF— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
@NCEmergency— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 15, 2018
Statewide power outage total at 9:30 am is 814,351 with the highest concentration in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Onslow, Carteret, Cumberland, Moore, Robeson, Sampson, Wake counties. Get updates: https://t.co/Yx3twhyOqj
Power outages are increasing again across North Carolina, according to the state's emergency mangagement.
@NCEmergency— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 15, 2018
Statewide power outage total at 8:30 am is 813,519 with the highest concentration in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Onslow, Carteret, Cumberland, Moore, Robeson, Sampson, Wake counties. Get updates: https://t.co/Yx3twhyOqj
Meanwhile the South Carolina Emergency Management Division has set up a 24-hour hotline for questions:
Encourage your family and friends to follow the South Carolina Emergency Management Department's social media pages for all updates. Questions? We're answering them 24 hours a day at (866) 246-0133. #HurricaneFlorence #SCtweets pic.twitter.com/HCQxErDBRN— SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 15, 2018
Tropical Storm Florence has slowed down from 5 MPH to 2 MPH along South Carolina.
8AM Update is in and it's not a good one. The storm has slowed down even more, now moving at just 2 mph. Live tracking from where the storm is hitting now and what we can expect NEXT on Ch. 2 pic.twitter.com/CVjN4SguxY— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
Here is a look at the recent rainfall totals in the Carolinas. Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Katie Walls says parts of Georgia will see around an inch.
Check out these totals! An additional 10-20" of rain are possible in these already-inundated areas. (Be weary of every rainfall total you see elsewhere. We've learned that some USGS gauges are being contaminated with sea spray/storm surge.) pic.twitter.com/U1ZKbWij1w— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan is tracking the rising crests of rivers in North Carolina.
At least 6 people have died as a result of Florence, according to our sister station WSOC-TV in Charlotte:
BREAKING NEWS: Officials say at least 6 people have died as a result of Florence. Turn to Channel 9 now for the latest updates as the storm continues to push through the Carolinas --> https://t.co/hJOZhvNnWv pic.twitter.com/BLvxjLODoX— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) September 15, 2018
Flooding is the main concern as Florence stalls over the Carolinas, especially with rivers cresting.
Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan is stationed on the North Carolina coast checking in on power outages and damage.
The North Carolina Emergency Management Center is tracking power outages across the state. Here are the latest numbers as of 6:40 a.m.:
Statewide power outage total at 6:30 am is 786,769 with the highest concentration in New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow, Carteret, Cumberland, Robeson, Sampson, Wake counties. Get updates: https://t.co/Yx3twhyOqj— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 15, 2018
Channel 2's Lauren Pozen will be at a FEMA coordination center for Channel 2 Action News Saturday AM to get updates on the federal government's response to Florence.
We are outside @fema Regional Coordination Center — on Channel 2 Action News This Morning the major role every person in this room is playing to help those affected by hurricane Florence. pic.twitter.com/6dWgCuZNV6— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) September 15, 2018
TO THE RESCUE: ABC station reporter interrupts live stream to rescue dog chest deep in the flooded streets of New Bern, North Carolina. After struggling to carry the big dog out at first, they all made it back to safety. https://t.co/Tbsr5qdPl5 pic.twitter.com/Sl87T0Nntd— ABC News (@ABC) September 15, 2018
.@DukeEnergy says more than 500,000 still without power in eastern north Carolina. In the Fayetteville area, nearly half of its customers are in the dark.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) September 15, 2018
At 6:03 -- we're live in the Fayetteville, NC area. @wsbtv
Sustained winds of 50 MPH and gusts with 65 MPH were measured at 5 a.m., but Florence is moving only 5 MPH.
5AM: Florence is slowly weakening while its center remains inland over far eastern South Carolina. Although coastal storm surge flooding will gradually subside today, extremely heavy rainfall will continue to be a serious hazard with slow-moving Florence. pic.twitter.com/UE28cD3uzK— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 15, 2018
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