Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

Obrad Gavrilovic peers out the window of his flooded home while considering whether to leave with his wife and pets as waters rise in Bolivia North Carolina U.S

Parts of the Mid-Atlantic as far north as southern NY and New England are set to receive additional rainfall, and a few tornadoes are possible in the region stretching from northeastern SC to southern Pennsylvania on Monday. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bull's-eye. All that water is going to flow off the mountains into local rivers and we could see more scenes like the ones in Wilmington in the future. This water will flow downstream to areas already impacted from flooding rains from Florence.

Flash flood watches are posted for Sullivan and Ulster counties from late Monday night until late Tuesday night. The city, which took a direct hit when Florence plowed into the state as a hurricane on Friday, has been largely cut off since then due to storm surges and flooding from the Cape Fear River.

The Charlotte Observer reports that, as of September 17, at least 20 people have died as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Rescue teams searched overnight for a 1-year-old boy swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's auto off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

A one-year-old boy is the youngest victim to have been killed by the storm after he fell out of his mother's hands near Charlotte, North Carolina.

The cost of the damage is expected to reach $15 billion for North Carolina, $2 billion for SC and $1 billion elsewhere, said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

"Portions of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic states, and Southern New England are expected to receive an additional two to five inches of rain.with isolated maximum amounts of eight inches possible". Officials say rivers in the area may not crest for several more days.

"This is still a catastrophic, life threatening storm", said Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.

In many areas, the brief period of sun was wiped out by more rain but some evacuated residents were able to return to their homes to assess damage.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation: The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has established a special relief fund to provide assistance to people in North and SC. He had been evacuated a day before by troops in a truck. "As the water recedes things will get better". "I can't thank the first responders enough".

About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.

Some half a million customers in the Carolinas were still without electricity on Monday, according to emergency officials.

The death toll from Florence rose to at least 32, and crews elsewhere used helicopters and boats to rescue people trapped by still-rising rivers.

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors.



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