Florence Leaves 17 Dead and Unprecedented Flooding

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, September 17, 2018
Large swells on the Maryland coast on September 9, 2018

Florence is expected to become an extratropical cyclone Tuesday before re-intensifying on Wednesday.

So far the storm has claimed 17 lives.

One of the hardest hit areas was Wilmington, North Carolina. The City is cut off and there is damage to thousands of homes.

Since Thursday, Florence dropped 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina.

More than 900 people were rescued from floodwaters and 15,000 remained in shelters in the state, Cooper said.

At the storm's peak there were almost one million without power, that number has dropped to 641,000 homes and businesses.

The storm is still not done with flash flood warnings in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina, portions of far northeast South Carolina and southwest Virginia.

Flash flood watches are also in effect across much of North Carolina, northern South Carolina, portions of Western Virginia, southern and eastern West Virginia, central and western Maryland, central and western Pennsylvania, southern New York and southern New England.

Portions of the Mid Atlantic states west of Interstate 95 into southern New York and southern New England are expected to receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible.

A couple of tornadoes remain possible from northeast South Carolina and eastern/central North Carolina into parts of Virginia, western Maryland, and southern Pennsylvania through today.

The Team

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