77 inches of rain: the deadly “Florence” brought record rain to North Carolina
Author: Katerina Moskalets
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Hurricane “Florence” dropped 30,58 inches (77 cm) of precipitation of Swansboro (NC), thus setting a record in this state.
During the invasion of hurricane Floyd in 1999 dropped out of 24.06 inches (61 cm) of rain – until 2018, it was the highest rainfall in North Carolina.
“Heavy rains and catastrophic flooding continues in parts of North and South Carolina“, – stated in the message National weather service (National Weather Service – NWS).
According to the latest NWS “Nightingale” weakened from a hurricane 1 category to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 km/h), while moving it is still slow, with a speed of 2 mph (3.2 km/h). Now the system is approximately 40 miles (64 km) South of its namesake town of Florence in South Carolina.
Since morning it was reported 7 fatal cases of “Florence,” but Sheriff’s Department County of Carteret (Carteret County Sheriff’s Department) stated that 2 victims were killed because of the disaster. According to preliminary data, the death of Paulie and Alicia Lewis are investigating as a murder-suicide. So at last count, victims of the “Florence” were five people.
Information about the first deaths appeared yesterday (September 14) after the hurricane “landed” on the land. The victims were a mother and baby who died due to a fall in their tree house.
The representative of the Federal Agency for emergency management Jeff Byard urged residents of coastal Carolina to be vigilant, despite the fact that “Florence” is starting to flee the area. He warned that heavy rains, flash floods and storm surges can still be deadly.
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