Carolinas flood after Florence
Florence has dumped — and continues to dump — a lot of rain on the Carolinas.
How much rain exactly? Florence has the highest rainfall total for any tropical system to strike the US East Coast — ever.
Here are a few more statistics about the storm:
- Rainfall totals have reached nearly 3 feet in North Carolina. The city of Elizabethtown has the highest total so far from Florence, 35.93 inches — which is the new record for rainfall from a tropical system in North Carolina history.
- Totals in South Carolina are near 2 feet. Loris, South Carolina (near the border with North Carolina) has reached 23.63 inches. This sets the South Carolina state record for rain from a tropical system.
- Flood watches and warnings are posted from South Carolina all the way up to Massachusetts and include 10 states and about 30 million people
- Wilmington, North Carolina, has received over 23 inches from Florence and 2018 has already become the wettest year in 140 years of record keeping (with 3.5 months left to go!). Wilmington has totaled more than 86 inches of rain so far this year (average to date should be 43 inches)
- 4-day rainfall totals for many locations in NC range from 15-30 inches. This represents at least 1 in 1,000 year rainfall events for these locations.
The National Weather Service's Raleigh office tweeted earlier this morning that they observed one minute of sunshine after days of stormy skies. They added: "#theendisnear."
The body of an elderly man was found next to his submerged sedan this morning, according to North Carolina's Union County Sheriff Department spokesman Tony Underwood.
Underwood says a driver found the elderly man's body this morning while driving on Landsford Road in Union County.
Underwood says this is the second storm related death in Union County.
There are now a total of 20 storm-related deaths in the Carolinas.
Elizabethtown is now the North Carolina city with the most Florence rain, according to the National Weather Service. So far, it's gotten a reported 35.93 inches since Thursday afternoon.
Earlier, Swansboro had been the North Carolina city with the most rain. It's now No. 2, with almost 34 inches of rain.
Here's a breakdown of rain totals across the state:
- Elizabethtown: 35.93 inches
- Swansboro: 33.89 inches
- Gurganus: 30.38 inches
- Hofmann Forest: 29.62 inches
- Hampstead: 29.52 inches
- Sunny Point: 27.44 inches
- Oak Island: 26.98 inches
- Wilmington: 26.58 inches
- Whiteville: 25.91 inches
- Newport/Morehead City: 25.20 inches
- Mount Olive: 25.04 inches
The body of 1-year old Kaiden Lee-Welch was recovered on Monday, according to the Union County Sheriff Department, raising the death toll in the storm and its aftermath to 19.
Search and rescue teams spent several hours on Sunday searching for him after he was swept away in rushing waters from Richardson Creek, according to the Union County Sheriff Department.
Union County Sheriff Department described what happened on their Facebook page.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina — the college town home to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels — experienced flash flooding over night.
Resident Michael Johnson shared this photo of a flooded shopping center Monday morning.
"I was there yesterday. there was no standing water. It was raining moderately but no big deal," Johnson told CNN via Instagram. "I was surprised to see the quick change in conditions overnight," he added.
The National Weather Service reports that the Cape Fear River in North Carolina is continuing to rise, and parts of it will flood today.
The area near Fayetteville is expected to see major flooding today, according to the service:
Meanwhile, the river near Lillington will likely enter moderate flooding: