Tropical Storm Florence Leaves 14 Dead Amidst Catastrophic Rains and Flooding

By Paul Riegler on 16 September 2018
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Passengers at Charlotte Douglas Airport before the storm

Passengers at Charlotte Douglas Airport before the storm

At least 14 people are dead in the Carolinas as a result of what is now Tropical Storm Florence, officials said.

“Heavy rainbands continue to deluge southeastern North Carolina,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement at 11 p.m. EDT on Saturday, adding that flash flooding and “major river flooding” was occurring across a significant portion of the Carolinas.

“The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it made landfall,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Saturday.

Officials warned people to stay off the roads. Officials in Hyde County reported 10” (25 centimeters) of standing water on N.C. Highway 94. In South Fayetteville, all lanes on Interstate 95 are closed near exit 71, the Long Branch Road exit, due to flooding. Officials do not expect this section of the highway to reopen until Monday at the earliest.

The storm also resulted in almost 1,000 flight cancellations and 2,435 flight delays. The majority of cancellations were centered on airports in the affected region including Charlotte-Douglas International, Charleston International, Raleigh-Durham International, and Myrtle Beach International airports as well as at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

As of 12:10 a.m. EDT on Sunday, over 500 flights have been cancelled in the United States as a result of the storm.

The storm is moving at 3 mph (4.8 km/h) across South Carolina, the hurricane center said.

Meanwhile, an improvised network of rescuers has volunteered to locate and rescue those people who did not evacuate earlier.

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