More disaster looms for the Carolinas but Florence has already dropped 23.59 inches of rain in Wilmington, North Carolnia, breaking the record for the wettest single weather event in the city’s history.
Maryland’s Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, or HART, has been activated to help people stranded by floodwaters from Florence. Other rescue teams from local jurisdictions are also in the Carolinas to respond to those in need.
The ghost of weakening Tropical Depression Florence is expected to bring showers and a chance of thunderstorms to the D.C. area on Monday, exactly 14 years after another tropical cyclone gave rise to the largest tornado outbreak on record for Virginia.
Water rescues continued as the remnants of Florence stalled over North Carolina, dumping several feet of rain and shattering records — and more was on the way. See social media posts from journalists and first responders.
“It’s important to take a strong stand against looting,” the Wilmington deputy police chief said. “This community has been through a lot right now, and we feel very strongly that looters are exploiting people that are vulnerable at a time like this.”
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Montgomery and Fairfax counties are sending members of their rescue teams to places affected by Tropical Storm Florence.
Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, a popular tourist destination spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath.
Florence practically parked itself over land all day long and poured on the rain. With rivers rising toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history. Here’s the latest.
The Latest on Tropical Storm Florence.
There have been eight storm-related deaths since Florence, then a Category-1 hurricane, made landfall Friday morning. Their identities have not been publicly released but some details about the ways in which they died are available.
The organization posted to its Facebook account, asking that those interested visit their locations in Northwest and Northeast D.C.
A Long Island animal rescue organization has opened its doors to animals from hurricane-hit areas in Virginia and South Carolina.
“We have never seen flash flooding like this in our state,” state North Carolina Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon added at a press conference Saturday afternoon. Catastrophic flooding has already wreaked havoc on parts of eastern North Carolina, which sustained 2 feet of rain in some areas, and up to 40 inches in other hard-hit spots.
Rescuers responding to those affected by Hurricane Florence are helping pets to safety, too, including one aptly named kitten: Survivor.
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