I've just spent some time on Facebook, and I'm seeing a lot of photos of the flooding in Carteret County, N.C., where I grew up and where my family still lives. It looks like most of the major roads are flooded, so people can't yet get out of their houses. Accuweather says it is still raining in Morehead City (it's midnight there right now).
Thanks to my nephew-in-law Mark, and to my cousins Ethel Marie and Thomas D., who are all far away from Carteret County but reposting photos they've found. There are also a lot of photos on the WRAL TV web site. WRAL is in Raleigh.
Not much news here. My mind is in Carolina.
Best of luck to all your family and friends.ReplyDelete
I just heard on local Boston TV that Morehead City has had 25.87 inches of rain so fair, but another town has seen over 30 inches of rain. The problem is that the storm is so slow moving that the rains continue to fall. The remnants of Florence are supposed to arrive here in New England on Tuesday with 1 - 3 inches of rain expected. Our thoughts are with you and all your family and friends in N.C.ReplyDelete
I read earlier this morning, maybe on Accuweather, that the rainfall total for the storm was 30.1 inches. The little town of Swansboro, 20 or so miles west of Morehead, had a bit more rainfall. As far as I know, everybody I know in Morehead City is doing fine, but people are just starting to assess the damage. It's strange to be here in Saint-Aignan, especially early in the morning, watching CNN and thinking, while it's still dark outside, that we have to worry about wind, heavy rainfall, and strong winds. Then I come to my senses. Luckily, my sister and our cousin G. are not flooded out.Delete
The reports on CNN here in the States seem to be concentrating on the cresting rivers. I checked yesterday to see if there were any major ones flowing toward Morehead City, but as you know of course, it's mainly just creeks and the like. Fast drainage into the sound may be what's keeping your sister from being flooded out. The Cape Fear River is predicted to crest at so many feet above flood stage that I really can't wrap my mind around the number.ReplyDelete
By the time river water gets down to Carteret County, the (Neuse) river has turned into a wide estuary, so flooding is not such a danger. Flooding at Morehead is not from water flowing toward the coast, but from rain falling from the sky or being pushed up onto the seacoast by high winds. The Cape Fear river might be a real problem for big towns like Fayetteville or Wilmington.Delete
I've been thinking of you and Joanna and your cousin every time that I'm watching the storm news.ReplyDelete
I just talked to Joanna again. She and our cousin Ginger were able to drive the 10 or 12 miles to get to the food mission this morning. J. said an incredible number of trees have been blown down throughout the area. The town's old curb market building has suffered major damage and is probably not salvageable. At the mission, the generator that keeps all the refrigerators and freezers running appeared to have been under water and therefore conked out. So an awful lot of food has been lost. J and G hadn't yet opened the doors and gone inside to see how much water came in and how much damage there's been.ReplyDelete
Joanna and Ginger will be busy sorting out that food. I hope they will be able to give some of it away before it spoils. What a terrible storm!Delete
I just talked to my cousin Fran, who lives two doors down from the house I grew up in. She said mostly the neighborhood is fine, but there's still a lot of cleaning up to do. We had a good chat. She's from NY but has lived in NC for a long time, with my cousin Cliff, who I grew up with.Delete
E., it does seem to be a mess.Delete
I don't remember ever seeing such a widespread path of destruction ... it was a very powerful hurricane :(
My brother is right outside of Charlotte but they have a home in the mts and I think that is where they are now. He just sent me one of is usual chatty emails ... " We are fine, no damage here " :)
Good for your brother and his family. I need to call my sister again today and see what the situation there is now.Delete
My family members who live just on the northern outskirts of Charlotte are getting it now, but not like yours did on the coast. They are prepared for rain, wind, and power outages, but are concerned about tornadoes that often accompany these storms. So far, so good.ReplyDelete
I hope it's passed by them now and the weather will get back to normal.Delete
Western NC has been getting various warnings all day about flash flooding, and I saw some reported in Charlotte. Heavy, steady rain and will continue until Tuesday morning. But the wind is down, the barometer is rising, and the body of the storm is moving faster.ReplyDelete
It's such an enormous thing, extends all the way from DC down as far as Savannah if you count the tail out over the water this afternoon. By my count, it has affected or been in about a dozen states.