‘Catastrophic’ water levels Florence already broke rainfall records, but more is coming.
Florence has broken the record in North Carolina for most rain in a single storm — 30 inches and counting. Flooding from both the storm surge and rainfall could be “catastrophic,” the National Hurricane Center warned. Here’s a look at the deluge so far.
As of Saturday morning, 385 people had been rescued amid flooding in New Bern. The city has a downtown flanked by two rivers and took a significant hit in Florence’s early hours.
The looming crisis is that Florence could linger along the coast for a few days, drenching a region with rain it cannot hold. With the storm’s slow movement and pounding rain in mind, officials fear the deluge will take out bridges, cut off towns and destroy houses and farms, as Hurricane Matthew did in the same area in 2016.
Rain continues to pour over the Wilmington area, where officials are warning that 14 more inches, on top of the 10 to 12 inches that have already fallen, are expected in the next 48 hours.