Hurricane Florence is causing a threat that many Carolinians may not be aware of - fire ants. Three regional agency offices are closed after Hurricane Florence and some employees had to be evacuated due to rising water levels.
It's only going to be more necessary in the future because global warming is making hurricanes wetter and slower, so they drop more rain, Shepherd said.
AccuWeather forecaster Dan Kottlowski said that parts of the Carolinas were hammered with 1 to 2 feet of rain, and some spots got 3 feet of rain.
The White House said President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina on Wednesday to see the damage. After watching the rescue, Gov. Henry McMaster said water in that part of Chesterfield County rose at least a foot (30 centimeters) after the men initially were spotted. The barrier island community of Emerald Isle started feeling the impacts of Florence more than a day before the hurricane made landfall, and a US government water monitoring gauge ultimately recorded water levels over 6 feet (2 meters) above normal there. "Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to. We transported one other minor injury to hospital", Jason Elmore, a public information officer for the Richmond Police Department, said.
Sunday, it seemed, was when the storm system that had stalked the South for days - first as a hurricane, then as a tropical storm and eventually as a tropical depression - showed its full power with staggering scope. "The river will continue to rise in the coming days", the National Weather Service said, USA Today reported.
Others caution giving hurricanes one overall rating could give people a false sense of security, when wind, flooding, and storm surge really affect each community differently.
As of Monday afternoon, there have been 62 people, two dogs and two cats rescued throughout the county. The Cape Fear river is not predicted to crest until Tuesday or Wednesday, so there's no immediate hope on hand for residents. County spokeswoman Elizabeth Stalls says there have been at least 150 rescues, but there have been many more "to the point where we've lost count".
As soon as the rafts touch solid land, which might be a boat or a person's skin, the ants will immediately latch on and could swarm whoever is in their path. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.
Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.
Some areas are entirely surrounded by water, making it hard for emergency services to bring supplies such as food, water or medicine.
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