2:00pm Update – Tropical Storm Florence Continues Dumping Massive Rain, Flooding Biggest Concern…

As of the 2:00pm Advisory – Florence remains a weakened tropical storm as massive amounts of rain and flooding continue to be a problem for North Carolina and South Carolina. “Rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.”

Florence is moving slowly toward the west near 3 mph (6 km/h) and a slow westward motion is expected to continue through today. A turn toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected on Sunday. Florence is forecast to turn northward through the Ohio Valley by Monday.

Radar data and surface observations indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts, mainly to the east of the center in heavy rain bands over water. Gradual weakening is forecast while Florence moves farther inland during the next couple of days, and it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by tonight. (more)

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157 Responses to 2:00pm Update – Tropical Storm Florence Continues Dumping Massive Rain, Flooding Biggest Concern…

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    I read somewhere earlier today that the storm contains enough water (~10 Trillion gallons seems to come to “senior moment memory”) to cover North or South Carolina with 10 inches of water.

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  2. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Prayers for all Patriots in harm’s way today. Be safe.

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    • scpatriot says:

      Thanks for your prayers. I live in SC just south of Charlotte, NC. So far, it hasn’t been too bad, high winds and about 1.5″ of rain, but things can change quickly.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Thank you for letting us know. Be safe.

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      • SalixVeridi says:

        We’re nearby in Charlotte. Lots of rain, steady but not heavy winds…yet. But our backyard is a swamp of oozing mud. Our retriever already had a nice mud bath and enjoyed it so much we just let him romp around for awhile.

        I do hear the coast is getting worse by the minute. Major roads now in and out of there are non passable. 5 people have died already, with a young mother and baby crushed by the weight of a tree falling on their house. This horror can happen anywhere, where a tree, water logged just falls. Very dangerous out there. We still have electricity..it is just a miracle so far for us in the Piedmont.

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        • SalixVeridi says:

          Update from Charlotte: Raining the proverbial dogs and cats and lions here now. Unbelievable amount of rain. Some parts hereabouts lost electricity. So far, we are OK on the southern part of the city. That could change at any time. We decided to grab a bite out (yes, with raincoats and slickers and boots) and showed up a nearby CharBar.

          The place was packed. We had to wait close to 1/2 hour for a seat. Seems a lot of the folks in there had lost their electricity and just decided to grab a bite out instead of sitting in the dark with candles and flashlights.

          This rain coming down hard now scares me, so I can just imagine how horrible it must be for the folks on the coastal areas. Winds are kicking up here too.

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      • G. Combs says:

        scpatriot, I am a couple hours northeast of you in the center of NC. So far it has not been too bad here but I do not like the looks of the ‘boom-a-rang’ looping around us.

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        • scpatriot says:

          Nor do I. I wish the storm would just speed up and get out of here! My area has been in “abnormally dry” or “moderate drought” for the last several weeks. I have a large ornamental garden I’ve been hand watering with hoses almost daily. I have prayed a lot for rain but must say this is not quite what I had in mind!

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      • boogywstew says:

        Near Indian Land?

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    • Jedi9 says:

      Yes my prayers too! We are dealing with a Typhoon at T-10 in Hong Kong and Macau. Very weird this is happening at the same time! WE are hunkered down. Right we have 100 mile winds!

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  3. sundance says:

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  4. PotP says:

    Mike Seidel’s now infamous Fake Weather broadcast on Florence has made a joke of what remains a serious flooding event.

    Turns out the Weathet Channel was bought this year by a sometime-comedian for $300M. Has been bought and sold a couple times:

    https://deadline.com/2018/03/byron-allen-entertainment-studios-acquisition-the-weather-channel-tv-network-1202351426/

    Both TWC and the Weather Underground, which it purchased some years ago, have been ruined. All climate drama, all the time.

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  5. wodiej says:

    You know, when they tell you to get out, get out. You are putting rescue workers and volunteers at risk.

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  6. bullnuke says:

    Looks like the midlands of SC will be spared the worst of this storm. Most of the heavy rains are to the northeast. It’s been breezy and sprinkling for most of the day. Prayers for those affected by the inevitable flooding from the slowest hurricane ever.

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    • Summer says:

      Yes, the northern regions are under water but it looks like we dodged the bullet. All those closed stores lost lots of business for nothing.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “All those closed stores lost lots of business for nothing.”

        Where do you suppose the old cliche, “Better safe than sorry” came from? It did not originate from people that just wanted other people to waste their time unnecessarily.

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      • treehouseron says:

        I have a small retail store, we closed today…. but the truth is when weather is questionable like this most stores don’t get any customers anyways. Now grocery stores, gas stations, etc. of course they get even more customers… but your average retail shop is deserted. Sales at shoe stores were likely very minimal today. Not many people made it out to Office Depot.

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  7. mikebrezzze says:

    Dang, if the democrats are going to blame POTUS for killing 3000 souls, he only has about 30 minutes to kill 2990 people!

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  8. Minnie says:

    You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.

    Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4)

    ❤️

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  9. alliwantissometruth says:

    Flooding absolutely sucks. The damage it can cause is immense

    Not only does it destroy all your stuff, the drywall has to be removed, the studs within the walls need to be treated for mold, if not removed competely. Hardwood flooring is usually ruined, as well as the underlayment board, & don’t even think about trying to clean carpeting

    Doors warp & have to be replaced. Insulation is usually ruined & if the home isn’t brick, the outside siding is usually too

    It’s all a disgusting mess, & the odor of dampness lingers on for weeks after

    I’ve been through a couple of them. I pray for everyone effected

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    • Minnie says:

      The mold!

      😲

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    • Guyski says:

      True, if you get flooded, get that stuff out of the house as soon as you can.

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    • prenanny says:

      Oh gosh what a mess to have gone through multiple times. It sounds as if you are all too aware of the wicking that goes on 1 foot of water can easily create 4 feet of damage up the walls.
      Take pictures or leave a small area to indicate water level and remove the drywall asap.
      Always consult with your Insurance company prior what they need to see for claim.

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      • alliwantissometruth says:

        So true nanny & so very important. Take pictures of the damage

        Also, a little late to be saying this for those in the flood, but it’s extremely important to itemize & send photo’s of your valuables to your insurance company BEFORE you experience any flooding

        They’re in the business of trying not to pay you for damages

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        • Rhoda R says:

          It’s a smart idea to take and keep photographs of valuables and major household items. A refrigerator/freezer is a good place to keep them as it will usually survive just about anything but a tornado.

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    • boogywstew says:

      Have you dealt with a middleman before as in a ServiceMaster type of company? I install flooring for a living and have followed these types into homes that were smoke or flood damaged to install new flooring.

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      • prenanny says:

        I can attest that Service Master is a GREAT company, perfect for a pipe burst scenario..

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      • alliwantissometruth says:

        Yeah boogy, once. I used Service Master because I was sick & couldn’t do it myself

        I don’t like putting any business down unless I know they deserve it, but Service Master in Chicago sucks

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        • prenanny says:

          Point taken alli, they are a franchised company, hopefully you voiced your displeasure with HQ.

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        • boogywstew says:

          I suppose, like any franchise, there are good ones and bad ones. I have seen nothing but poor customer service from any of the disaster mitigation services. From what I understand, they take part of the insurance settlement which can make it hard for the homeowner to hire decent help, buy decent materials or enact repairs to the full extent of the damages.

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  10. Everyone in the storms path, stay safe and be patient. We are all thinking of you and praying for you!

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  11. TatonkaWoman says:

    Would someone please put the “hurry” back into this cane!!!

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  12. smiley says:

    preliminary RAINFALL reports…Florence…

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  13. smiley says:

    flood waters…wildlife…Jacksonville, NC…Florence…

    😦

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    • churchladyiowa says:

      Report from son this morning in Jacksonville (Camp LeJeune): his area continues to be inundated with relentless buckets of rain. His house has a septic tank which is now overflowing. Instructions to girlfriend & son are to use their personal drywall compound buckets out back of the house .. when he called this morning he said he had taken a shower outside—“works for me,” he said. They’ve been running a generator about 6 hours at a time for the past two days and have used just 7 gallons of gas.

      Streets of downtown Jacksonville have four to five feet of water in places, he said. Winds are much quieter than the first day Florence hit. While his house is intact, one of his neighbors’ homes has lost most of its shingles, and inside, a large section of drywall fell off a bedroom wall.

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  15. smiley says:

    truly a BUMMER scenario, this…. K is for KIRK ..

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    😦 !

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  16. PotP says:

    Here’s the photo on TWC homepage (& Drudge)

    They didn’t run the one showing the rescuers:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/1040953193411166208/bVg-BX9H?format=jpg&name=600×314

    I get it that kittens are cute, puppies too. The local newspaper photographer went out and got lots of pix of wet pets. It sells newspapers.

    What they’re not talking about are people ignoring mandatory evacuation orders, who then have to be rescued by equally wet search & rescue folks. Even if it means towing them in a jonboat through ankle deep water.

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  17. sundance says:

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  18. smiley says:

    just as a point of reference…this was the revised (July) 2018 H-Season forecast…….

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  19. PotP says:

    MSM is shameless

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  20. Pam says:

    Ok folks, we are sort of hanging in there. We still don’t have power as of yet and we are of course running a generator. Keep us in your prayers because the majority of this county is still without power. Finding anything open especially gas stations is really becoming a challenge. Several roads have been closed due to flooding and downed trees. Fortunately, we are on the county water and sewer system and so there’s that. 🙂

    Since we have a generator, we have been able to watch a little bit of TV. This story has probably already gone viral, but one of the stores here in a bad section of town was broken into and ransacked by looters and was it was captured live on TV. The store owner said he wasn’t going to press charges but the DA intends to prosecute. Whether anything comes of it, only time will tell.

    Just keep us all in your prayers

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  21. treehouseron says:

    This storm is moving at 2 miles an hour. If it keeps moving that slow I might have to walk down there, take some photos and then walk back before it gets here.

    The National Weather Service claims though it’s going to move over 100 miles by 2p.m. tomorrow not sure how that’s going to go but we’ll see.

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  22. treehouseron says:

    Well, what I would consider “heavy” rains have made their way to Charlotte. Pretty constant downpour but nothing that looks like a tropical storm yet, just your typical thunderstorm…. but with no lightning or thunder (yet!). The wind is a little stronger than usual too but nothing major yet. From what I understand the winds and rain are mainly behind the eye so once the eye hits our latitude I expect more wind and rain.

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  23. Yes,family Dollar across from the housing project Houston Moore, crimes & drugs, police were told to stand down by management. Though since the story broke, there have been arrests.

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  24. Evening folks,Pam hello! I hope. Folks read my comments on the open thead today.Some are downplay ing this,please don’t. Steady moderate to heavy rain all day with high winds and tornado threat s . As I wrote before,I bet some got cat3 winds and gusts. Now we’re getting the flooding part. Check WECT.con for the looting story it will get you quite mad. Like Pam things right now are a huge challenge. Just finding a store open is a real task. CASH only.. One thing that isn’t being reported on is the city is slowly becoming a island,as the Major roads are being slowly flooded. Minor looting is being reported and delt with. Like Pam I’ll update as much as I can. Internet is still down in the city. I got to say this, GOD BLESS or First Responders and these Linemen working 24/7 to get power restored.Again don’t downplay what the Coast is going through. Much love CT &misses

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  25. woodstuff says:

    This is a collage of storm videos, and the Cajun Navy appears at 5.00

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  26. smiley says:

    as this thing starts to move inland finally later today, many are comparing it to the Deluge of 1940 which was very similar to Florence…and have raised concerns about serious flooding, flash flooding and landslides as it heads into W NC…and the mountains

    here’s an article written by a man who experienced …

    The Deluge of 1940

    https://www.ourstate.com/the-deluge-of-1940/

    “Mountain communities bear the brunt of the decade’s most deadly Atlantic storm ~ forever changing our western landscape.”

    + vintage photos

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  27. wheatietoo says:

    This view of the city of New Bern shows the area that experienced rapid flooding when the storm surge hit.

    The top portion of Florence came in at an angle that slung the storm surge up the Neuse River, slamming into the city of New Bern.

    This resulted in those scenes of houses under water with their lights still on.

    .

    Calls for help started hitting social media and New Bern suddenly started trending on twitter.

    .
    I started seeing tweets that the Cajun Navy had arrived…and was rescuing people in the dark.
    This video from storm-chaser, Reed Timmer, gave us a glimpse of it.

    Pres Trump tweeted out this video, gave a big “Thank You” to the Cajun Navy…and the video went viral.

    .
    The Cajun Navy brought cages for people’s pets, and had no problem with picking up animals on their boats.

    Here’s a video from their Facebook page, I hope it posts:

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    • smiley says:

      rescue by member of NC National Guard, 120th Battalion.

      yesterday.

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    • MM says:

      Thanks Wheatie………

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    • wheatietoo says:

      The mayor of New Bern, Dana Outlaw, started appearing on all the networks, doing interviews about the storm.
      This is just one of many videos:

      .
      His town was under water…but Mayor Outlaw seemed busy acting like the most popular girl at the dance.

      Then, reports came out that New Bern city ‘officials’ had asked the Cajun Navy to stop rescuing people and…leave.

      .
      I couldn’t help but wonder…if Mayor Outlaw, a Democrat…was trying to slow down and ‘preserve’ some of the rescues, so that his fellow Dems in the enemedia could get there to film the drama.

      There are still people in New Bern waiting to be rescued.

      I’ve seen tweets from people who are distressed because the FD and other rescuers will not take pets on their boats.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Since the National Guard is there in New Bern now…hopefully any mischief from their Mayor will be thwarted…and all the people will get rescued soon.

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        • MM says:

          I felt sick when you posted the other day the nonsense by the New Bern Mayor.
          Peoples/pets lives were in danger and I know first hand the fear that they were feeling.
          I had to take a break because I was so sickened by the actions of the mayor….

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        • smiley says:

          the Left just can’t seem to handle reality at all.

          they either FAKE it or they AVOID it…then…when they SCREW UP, they quickly point the finger at someone else….and guess who that is.

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  28. wheatietoo says:

    This guy is a piece of work.

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  29. nwtex says:

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  30. wheatietoo says:

    Go Army!

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  31. smiley says:

    worried about Treeper Dixie who said she lives “across the street from the Sound”…

    don’t know which Sound, exactly…there are 3 of them in NC clustered in the same general area..

    this relates to Pamlico

    https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/weather/article218434835.html

    what’s bad for one is probably just as bad for the others.

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    • MM says:

      Those pictures where water is on both sides of the road remind me of what I drove through trying to get back home after Irma…. It was so scary as if I were driving on a 1 lane road that was cut through water… Power lines rolled up and looked like slinky’s..
      Desolate area nothing but water…………

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Maybe she’s without power?
      I hope Dixie is okay…and Pam, too.

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      • smiley says:

        I’m sure she’s has no power…she said she was something like 15 miles or so from the shore but just across the street from the sound…

        all that severe flooding around there has me worried about her…she’s alone thru this.

        but…it’s also not her first rodeo.

        it’s just that the flooding is sooo bad…relentless.

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  32. wheatietoo says:

    The flooding in Jacksonville looks to be pretty bad.
    Hopefully the rain will let up soon.

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  33. smiley says:

    RIVER FLOODING causing MANDATORY evacuations in Cape Fear area…

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  34. smiley says:

    latest ECM Operational model (euro)…

    https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/analysis/models/?model=ecmwf&region=atl&pkg=mslpaNorm

    click forward arrow (top) to set in motion…can also pause it for easier viewing for your area.

    shows this thing will probably be leaving mainland USA and into N Atlantic around Thursday-Friday.

    (this will automatically update at this post.)

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  35. At least the storm is moving at 8 mph now and not 2! Stay safe everyone!!

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  36. smiley says:

    FLOODING scale….latest…

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  37. smiley says:

    ugh….LIVE COVERAGE of some of this awful FLOODING…

    https://abc11.com/weather/watch-live-florence-flooding-only-going-to-get-worse/4229794/

    just awful.

    plus more at the link..

    …and how to help victims .

    shocking flooding.

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  38. Good afternoon Folks…
    Again GOD BLESS those Linemen & First Responders working in the Conditions of this “on-Going” storm..
    Weather Aleart, (Weather Radio” was driving me crazy, Still is going off every 10~15 minutes, either a “new” Flash Flood Warning, or a Tornado Warning..
    I don’t know if My post got through last night, Wilmington, proper is becoming a **ISLAND**, with Major routes into/out of the City becoming flooded..
    Highways 17..

    74/76..
    I-40 to I-95 towards Fayetteville are ALL either flooded or getting that way..
    Not sure about Old highway 421 North yet.. Just like Floyd,, only Kinda worse..
    Were are still getting steady rain showers.. Winds have died down somewhat..

    As I was trying to convey yesterday..
    Much of the Town looks as if We experienced Artillery shelling on a WW1 battlefield…
    Tress snapped half off, HUGE live Oaks uprooted, broken and LEAVES STRIPPED from trees..
    This is WHY I opined that We may have saw Cat 3 winds/ gusts..
    Flo was strengthening as She came ashore.. Some areas where the Eye & EYEWALL came ashore–> inland saw “extreme” Damage..
    Leaves “stripped” from trees indicate 120 mph+ -> gusts..

    Let Me try to convey a picture here…
    We were watching the “Weather Channel” and a LOCAL channel, *HYPING* up the Storm…

    We were getting very light rain, light winds..
    We were like hrrrm OK, Where is this at? Old film footage?

    Misses and Our extended Family went on to bed.. I of course, stayed up..
    Watching the Radar, looking, It looked as if the “eye” was about to make landfall.. In Figure 8 Island.. (Radar is “delayed” by a bit, to when WE see it)..
    About 2:30AM or so, things got REAL QUITE & STILL…
    Then…
    ALL MANNERS OF HELL broke loose..
    I honestly thought it was a Tornado at first…
    I was reading My Digital Anemometer, (on my computer), mounted on My detached garage roof..
    Wind(s) went from Zero to 80~90 then 95…. 100..MPH steady….
    Watching, mesmerized listening to limbs crack, that “Jet-engine” sound Roaring…
    I saw 120 MPH flash on the screen… CRACK! them BOOOM as a Huge Oak limb landed on the garage roof, NO more wind readings..
    Power flickered.. then Went out..
    I went outside to start the generator.. Leaves and branches were FLYING through the air..
    I slipped & fell on the debris, dern nearly breaking My leg/knee, (It’s swollen and hurts quite a bit still) I can barely walk..
    Get the generator started, Family by then, is awake & wide-eyed…
    There was no sleeping the rest of the night..
    I went out today looking for my Digital Anemometer , it’s no-where to be found..

    As I said, We drove around “hunting” for gas.. “Rubber-necking” at the storm Damage..
    Hence My WW I battlefield metaphor..
    I did manage to “find” gas last night, about 11:30pm, at a Station, using a debit card, (Station was closed), though it was a “RESERVE” for the police, as one came up “warning Me” after I had gotten gas.. Thank the Lord, He didn’t haul my butt to Jail.. After explaining to Him it was for the gen-set.. It was after “Curfew” had started also…

    As I set here and Type, Heavy rain has started, AGAIN, and thunder & lighting… With Tornado warning “alerts” coming across the networks..

    Here is the “LOOTING” video… Many were talking about..
    here is the link.. http://www.wect.com/clip/14625794/live-people-take-advantage-of-empty-family-dollar-in-wilmington
    This store was just recently built, near the “projects” because it was a “food desert”…
    I doubt it re-opens after this..

    As I said Minor “looting” has occurred, most if not all were caught..
    It’s NOT who We are in Wilmington, N.C.

    Do I need “help”?? YES I do..
    Cutting and removing a HUGE Live Oak “limb” that weighs several thousand pounds..
    I cannot operate a chainsaw being a amputee.. And can barely walk.. Almost breaking my leg/knee..
    Otherwise..
    Me & the Misses are FINE..
    PAM (Here in Wilmington) you need anything contact me, I’ll try to help if I can..
    Ct & Misses..

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  39. smiley says:

    Mecklenburg County, Charlotte NC also getting hit hard…severe flash flooding..

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  40. smiley says:

    alarming flood erosion , Wilmington, NC….under the bridge !

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  41. Wilmington has become a Island NOW, No way in or out, except by AIR or Boat..

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