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Florence is a ‘1,000-year rain event’ that could wipe out communities: governor.

Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday said parts of North Carolina could experience a once-in-a-millennium flooding as slow-moving Hurricane Florence dumps rain on his state for several days. “The storm is wreaking havoc on our state,” Cooper said during a briefing on the Category 1 storm, which made landfall about 7:15 a.m. near Wrightsville Beach. “We...
Time: 14:12     Date: 14.09.2018
Last US News: Florence is a ‘1,000-year rain event’ that could wipe out communities: governor. NY Post 24 - US News

“The storm is wreaking havoc on our state,” Cooper said during a briefing on the Category 1 storm, which made landfall about 7:15 a.m. near Wrightsville Beach. “We face multiple threats.

“We’re deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away,” he added.

The governor said half-a-million people in North Carolina were without power and the Neuse River had seen storm surge as high as 10 feet.

“Rescue workers are working in dangerous conditions that will only get worse today,” said Cooper, who called the storm a “1,000-year rain event” for parts of southeastern North Carolina.

In a bit of good news, the governor said the state hasn’t seen any storm-related fatalities so far – but there have been “several hundred” rescue operations and “there are still some people they need to get to.”

“Rescue workers are working in dangerous conditions that will only get worse today,” he said, adding that 20,000 people were being housed in shelters across the state.

At 11 a.m., Florence was centered about 20 miles southwest of Wilmington, NC, and about 55 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, SC, crawling west-southwest at 3 mph.

It remained a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 80 mph, but stronger wind gusts have been reported. Once winds drop to 73 mph, Florence will become a tropical storm.

Some of the worst flooding was in the town of New Bern, where many residents were trapped in their water-logged homes.

“WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” the New Bern authorities said on Twitter.

Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said “24 to 36 hours remain for significant threats” from heavy rain, storm surge and flooding.

“This is not the end of it,” he said.

In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend’s house.

“And it’s just a Category 1 hurricane,” Tarr told Agence France-Presse. “I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5.

“Our house is on high ground so we’re not worried about the flooding,” he said. “But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friends to be sure.

“We’re out of power so we spent the first few hours of the day playing board games with candles,” he said.

A state of emergency is in effect in five coastal states — North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

With Post wires

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