Five people have died in North Carolina and although the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, storm surges and strong winds could pose a danger for days
Rescue teams in Jacksonville, North Carolina are using dinghys to navigate otherwise impassible stretches of highway.
Rescue teams on Piney Green Road. Jacksonville, NC pic.twitter.com/ctQVwlSvj9
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper warned in a Saturday morning press conference that: “areas that never experienced flooding before may experience it now.”
“Avoid complacency,” Cooper said. “Even though the storm has been downgraded, the rainfall will still be epic.”
The flood danger from the storm is more immediate today than when it made landfall 24 hours ago. We face walls of water. More people now face a threat than when the storm was offshore. Flood waters are rising and if you aren’t watching for them, you are risking life.”
.@NC_Governor Cooper: Don’t go out, especially in SE NC. You may put yourself at risk or impede rescue efforts. Use common sense and be safe. The ReadyNC app is a helpful resource. Call 211 for non emergency storm needs. #ncwx #FlorenceNC #HurricaneFlorence