North Carolina confronted a spiraling statewide crisis on Sunday as Tropical Depression Florence slowly ravaged the region, flooding cities, endangering communities from the coastline to the rugged mountains, and leading to more than 1,000 rescues.
Sunday, it seemed, was when the storm system that had stalked the South for days showed its full power with staggering scope. The death toll from Florence rose to 16 in North and South Carolina, including several on hazardous roads.
The storm has “never been more dangerous than it is right now,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference. “Wherever you live in North Carolina, be alert for sudden flooding.”
The perils stretched across North Carolina’s more than 500-mile width. Weary, drenched coastal cities were scenes of daring rescues. Waterways swelled throughout the eastern and central parts of the state, menacing towns with floodwaters that had no place to go but up. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina’s western mountains feared landslides.
Here at Arrie Publishing Company, we encourage everybody affected by the storm to take precautions and be safe.