WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders held another briefing this afternoon as a state of emergency continues across North Carolina.
The governor declared an emergency yesterday ahead of the threat of heavy rain and flooding. He said even with Hurricane Joaquin’s track looking to stay out to sea, people still need to be on alert.
“Yesterday we were talking about a one-two punch,” McCrory said. “Now we are talking about one punch.”
The Latest: Forecasters say storm could mean NC landslides
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The latest on rainstorm affecting North Carolina:
Residents who live in the mountains and foothills of western North Carolina are being warned to prepare for flash flooding and possible landslides through the weekend.
The National Weather Service says that heavy rains, especially Friday night and Saturday, could cause landslides that send debris including rocks, mud and trees into valleys. Such landslides are capable of destroying bridges and homes. Residents are asked to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate quickly.
Forecasters say between 5 and 10 inches of rain are possible in the mountains before the weekend is over.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the person who died in a wreck on Interstate 95 in Cumberland County when a tree fell on a car.
Lt. Jeff Gordon said Friday morning that the passenger who died was 72–year-old Saeideeh Sharifian of Fayetteville.
Gordon said the wreck Thursday afternoon may have been weather related, since the ground had been soaked from several days of rain.
He said two vehicles were traveling south near Godwin around 1:30 p.m. Thursday when a tree fell across the road, hitting both vehicles.
Gordon says the driver of the car Sharifian was in was taken to Cape Fear Regional Medical Center for treatment. There was no immediate word on the driver’s condition.
The driver of the second vehicle was not hurt.
A flood warning has bene posted until 10:45 a.m. Friday for five counties in the Wilmington area southeastern North Carolina. The National Weather Service says the warning means flooding is happening or is imminent.
Forecasters say radar indicates between 2 and 5 inches of rain fell in the area early Friday and some roads have been closed because of urban flooding. The warning is in effect for New Hanover, Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties.
Forecasters warned that flooding could be a problem on main highways in the region including U.S. 17 and Interstate 40.
Forecasters are warning of the dangers of rip currents along the entire North Carolina coast.
The National Weather Service says there’s a high threat of rip currents along the coast, especially around the time of low tide which is early Friday evening. Forecasters also say surf will be high – between 5 and 8 feet. Forecasters warn it will be dangerous for anyone to enter the water.
They also say there could be significant erosion and surf washing over the Outer Banks north of Cape Hatteras in the next couple of days as Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) moves by well at sea.
The National Weather Service says heavy rains and flooding are a danger in North Carolina this weekend.
Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the state at least through Saturday and in some cases until Monday.
The weather service said between 5 and 10 inches of rain is possible in the southeastern part of the state. Between 2 and 4 inches of rain is expected in the central part of the state through Sunday.
Between 2 and 6 inches of rain is expected along the rest of the coast through Saturday night.
From 5 to 10 inches of rain is expected in western North Carolina by Monday morning.
From 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the northern mountains by Saturday night.
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10/2/2015 10:59:53 AM (GMT -4:00)