Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Florence rain pushes into West Virginia; Heaviest precipitation expected in southeastern counties

Florence rain pushes into West Virginia; Heaviest precipitation expected in southeastern counties

"Today I think we are more prepared for this flooding, so we as a family are going to be right here", McCall said as she and her family prepared their home for the storm.

"That's enough to cause flooding in areas that have never flooded before until now".

A power outage at a wastewater treatment plant in Wilmington resulted in partially treated sewage water being released into the Cape Fear River, said Reggie Cheatham, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Emergency Management.

Military officials said the USNS Comfort hospital ship has not been deployed because communities surrounding the disaster area are able to provide adequate medical services. It has seen more than 86 inches of rain this year; the average to date is about 43 inches.

An 88-year-old man was also found dead next to a vehicle that had been submerged by the floods in Union County on Monday. The relentless rain also helped Wilmington, North Carolina break its annual rainfall record with three months left to go in the year.

"Things are getting better slowly, and we thank God for that", White said.

Photographs show a group of pigs on a flooded farm after Hurricane Florence.

It has dumped up to 100cm of rain on North Carolina since Thursday, the NWS said.

Authorities say the number of deaths tied to Florence has risen to at least 31, the bulk of them in North Carolina.

The issue is so severe that North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon warned out-of-staters to avoid driving through North Carolina.

"We understand that many peopleare anxious to return homeor visit property they have down east", Abbott said in an email Monday morning. The water receded Sunday, leaving hundreds of fallen trees and "pools of water everywhere".

More than 641,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in North and SC and surrounding states, down from a peak of almost 1 million.

North Carolina observed four-metre floodwaters on Sunday, with reports it was steadily rising.

Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wilmington, North Carolina, making it the epicenter of the destruction.

In North Carolina, fears of what could be the worst flooding in the state's history led officials to order tens of thousands to evacuate, though it wasn't clear how many had fled or even could. "But we're asking people to wait a while before they come home".

The bulk of the state's expense - $32 million - was the operation of two emergency shelters set up to handle evacuees or storm victims. And a coal ash landfill owned by Duke Energy has also been breached.

A cross is seen in flood water at a cemetary in Grifton, North Carolina on September 16, 2018.

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