77 inches of rain: the deadly «Florence» brought record rain to North Carolina

Hurricane «Florence» dropped 30,58 inches (77 cm) of precipitation of Swansboro (NC), thus setting the record in the state.

During the invasion of hurricane «Floyd» in 1999, fell out of 24.06 inches (61 cm) of rain — until 2018, it was the highest rainfall in North Carolina.

«Heavy rains and catastrophic flooding continues in parts of North and South Carolina», — stated in the message National weather service (National Weather Service — NWS).

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

In pictures: Florence drenches the Carolinas https://t.co/OZvPPKu3c0 pic.twitter.com/nngc6zGcv5

— CNN (@CNN) September 15, 2018

According to the latest NWS «Nightingale» weakened from a hurricane 1 category to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 km/h), while moving it is still slow, with a speed of 2 mph (3.2 km/h). Now the system is approximately 40 miles (64 km) South of its namesake town of Florence in South Carolina.

Anyone know of someone who washes a car in a hurricane??? Especially Madame #Florence 😂 #HurricaneFlorence #USA pic.twitter.com/ssKGG0wzUB

— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) September 15, 2018

Since morning it was reported 7 fatal cases of «Florence,» but Sheriff’s Department County of Carteret (Carteret County Sheriff’s Department) stated that 2 victims were killed because of the disaster. According to preliminary data, the death of Paul and Alicia Lewis are investigating as a murder-suicide. So, at last count, victims of the «Florence» were five people.

Don’t take a chance by crossing flooded roadways. Turn around, don’t drown. Your life could depend upon it. #Florence pic.twitter.com/U1mGufNWJF

— NWS (@NWS) July 15, 2018

Information about the first deaths appeared yesterday (September 14) after the hurricane «landed» on the land. The victims were a mother and baby who died due to a fall in their tree house.

#UPDATE Tropical storm #Florence has caused ‘catastrophic’ flooding in North and South Carolina even as it began to weaken, causing at least four deaths, including a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house https://t.co/LUpzuVLe7e pic.twitter.com/zw5ywbgqm3

— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 15, 2018

The representative of the Federal Agency for emergency management Jeff Beard urged residents of coastal Carolina to be vigilant, despite the fact that «Florence» is starting to flee the area. He warned that heavy rains, flash floods and storm surges can still be deadly.