‘1,000 YEAR event’ storm LASHES US east coast

150 people trapped by Florence floodwaters in New Bern, NC

Near Gilbert, also in Lexington County, Florence's winds pulled the entire roof off a mobile home on Wire Road, exposing the home's bare wooden beams as rain was expected to continue falling for hours.

With more than 2 feet of rain having already fallen in coastal areas, and with drenching rainfall forecast for days to come in the western mountains, officials weighed additional evacuations. Jerry Higgins, the state's public safety spokesman says they moved inmates from six of their smaller correctional institutions and one drug treatment center for prisoners.

Florence is forecast to crawl west into SC on Saturday, and at hundreds of miles wide, it will continue to batter the region for days.

"It is the water, it's the surge, it's the rain that effects and can kill you more than the wind can in a hurricane", FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard warned on Saturday.

Florence crashed into the Carolina coast yesterday, felling trees, dumping almost three feet of rain on some spots and leading to the death of four people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

More than 722,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said. But the storm was shaping up as a two-part disaster, with the second, delayed stage triggered by rainwater working its way into rivers and streams.

Rivers and creeks rose toward historic levels, threatening flash flooding that could devastate communities. On the coast of the river break their banks and torrents of water flooded farms and farmland, our homes and cities. This footage is from the Festival Park area of Fayetteville. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. The company initially estimated that about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash were displaced at the landfill, which is enough to fill about 180 dump trucks. The grey ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including lead and arsenic.

Trogdon says road conditions are expected to get worse in the immediate future, pointing out the number of closed primary roads in eastern counties had doubled compared to Friday.

150 people trapped by Florence floodwaters in New Bern, NC

New Bern, which has a population of about 30,000, was once the capital of the state's colonial government.

Images captured by Associated Press journalists show flooded streets, uprooted trees, stranded residents and recovery crews in the aftermaths of Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut.

"What we want to try to do is to minimize the time that people spend in their shelters that they're in right now", Sprayberry said.

And Marines rescued about 20 civilians from floodwaters near Camp Lejeune, using Humvees and amphibious assault vehicles, the base reported.

In Lumberton, about 80 miles (130 kilometres) inland, Jackie and Quinton Washington watched water filling both their front and back yards near the Lumber River.

Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer had announced Wednesday that evacuees would get free tickets as long as they provided IDs showing they're from counties under evacuation orders. As we get closer toward the middle of next week, Florence's remnants should be near or spreading across our area.

Firefighters arrive at a home where a large tree fell on that had three people trapped, after Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 14, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina. In Kinston, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to plug in a generator, and a 77-year-old man was found dead, apparently as a result of being knocked down by strong winds after venturing outside to check on his dogs.

EPA spokesman John Konkus said the agency is listening for any word of oil or hazardous substance spills from first responders, media reports and state and local emergency command posts. Later, Trump tweeted his condolences, writing, "Deepest sympathies and warmth go out to the families and friends of the victims".