Avoid I-95: Drivers told to ‘go around’ North Carolina

Avoid I-95: Drivers told to ‘go around’ North Carolina

Avoid I-95: Drivers told to ‘go around’ North Carolina

Some towns have already had more than 60-centimetres of rain, and forecasters warn that totals could hit one-metre.

As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said. Both states also are at a risk of risky flash floods and river flooding.

Officials have declared states of emergency in several states, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

The president may travel to the region next week, the White House says. "But they will. And the question is how high will the water be, and we do not know".

Eleven people have died as a result of Florence, the Associated Press reports, quoting officials. A husband and wife died in a house fire linked to the storm, officials said, and an 81-year-old man died after falling and hitting his head while packing to evacuate. Its winds were down to 40 miles per hour.

The father reportedly was trapped inside for some time and finally was freed.

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, authorities said.

Complicating the move for residents were power outages and road closures.

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The Northeast Cape Fear River, near Chinquapin, North Carolina, will rise above record flood levels set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Colvin said.

Her father, 84-year-old Rembert Walters, says that if his relatives dispersed to different havens, he'd spend all his time worrying about them.

"That's preliminary at this point".

Outer Banks residents and businesses owners are reporting relatively minimal damage in the low-lying barrier islands.

Where is the storm heading now?

As rains inundate North Carolina due to Tropical Storm Florence, the state Department of Transportation is warning residents about rapidly deteriorating road conditions due to downed trees and flooding. She said that count is expected to increase significantly.

"If you do not have to drive, then please do not", McNeill said. And state and federal emergency officials are locating temporary housing, including hotel rooms, for storm victims as shelters close.

"This is still a catastrophic, life threatening storm", said Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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Nevertheless, as readers look back on Florence, I have no doubt that we will remember Hurricane Florence for the slow, meandering duration of the storm.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles from Florence's centre, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles.

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face". We got thrown into mailboxes.

The central eye of calmer weather is surrounded by a wall of rainstorms. Many rivers "are still rising, and are not expected to crest until later today or tomorrow". "We are seriously concerned with the flooding".

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

The size of hurricanes is mainly measured by the Saffir-Simpson scale - other scales are used in Asia Pacific and Australia. Even by week's end the city could be experiencing minor flooding from the river.

Roofs and trees could be damaged.

Bobby Hunt's house is still damaged from Matthew.

You don't often see courageous firefighters - at least when they're out and about - take a moment to pause and reflect.

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