Science

Over 62,000 still without power in the Carolinas after Florence

Over 62,000 still without power in the Carolinas after Florence

Some 2,600 people had been rescued by boat or helicopter in North Carolina alone since the storm made landfall, and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, according to state officials.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Waccamaw River in Conway, which was already at 13.5 feet above flood level on September 19, and was expected to rise by 1.5 feet a day starting September 20.

In Lenoir County, North Carolina, where the rising Neuse River has flooded some roads, emergency medical workers have been running a "mobile disaster hospital" to provide urgent care to those residents who were cut off from the nearest hospital.

On September 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center warned the residents of Virginia and North and SC that the fast approaching tropical storm Florence was gaining strength and could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane.

"It's going to get rough for SC", he told them. The barrier island community of Emerald Isle started feeling the impacts of Florence more than a day before the hurricane made landfall, and a US government water monitoring gauge ultimately recorded water levels over 6 feet (2 meters) above normal there.

State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

The victims, whose bodies were recovered by divers on Wednesday, were identified as Windy Newton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, the Horry County Sheriff's Office said. The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood. "What have we been doing for two years?" The deputies climbed on top of the van and were rescued; they have been placed on administrative leave.

"Our organization, the Hornets organization, we take a lot of pride in giving back to our community and our efforts are truly lead by our own and Michael Jordan", Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield said to FOX Business' Stuart Varney on Wednesday.

· "Some of the hardest work is taking place right now, even though it's nice and lovely and sunny". "We'll just have to start from the bottom again".

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where US 17 was impassable.

At least 37 people have died in three states because of the storm; 24 of those died in vehicles, the AP reports.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says the statewide death toll is 9. Over 60,000 customers were without power in North Carolina early on Friday. Others can't get to their neighborhoods because the extensive road closures or simply because they don't have a ride home.

Michele Nix, from Kinston, serves as the vice chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Florence dropped almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain on North Carolina as the storm moved slowly across the state, flooding towns, closing roads and killing dozens of people.