Listen: North Carolina, Florence and Mecklenburg County discussed on WBT Programming
"I'm Chad Bauer. Tropical storm Florence continues to dump massive amounts of rain in the Carolinas. Governor ROY Cooper we face walls of water. Coast along our rivers across farmland in our cities. And in our town, at least seven weather deaths have been reported in North Carolina loss of life is heartbreaking, and we'll continue to pray the victims and their family in South Carolina. One death reported a sixty one year old woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving. Struck a tree that had fallen across highway eighteen near the town of union transportation officials dealing with worsening roads because of Florence have a message for out of state motorist, traveling through North Carolina. Please don't use our highways state transportation secretary, Jim trodden and made the plea this afternoon, citing the continuing rains and expected flash flooding the disclosed parts of one hundred major roads, a sixteen mile stretch of I ninety five is already close and try and expects other portions of the road to be shut down near Lumberton as the lumber rivers levels rise. They're a smaller portion of interstate forty a shut down trodden says flash. Flooding on roads could continue for several days. He says he wants to prevent thousands of people potentially being stranded on the roadsides due to sudden flooding. He adds that North Carolina is working with officials and other states and with federal transportation officials to get the word out to motorists to avoid the Carolinas and find alternate routes through the neighboring states of Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. Lot of reports of downed trees and power lines in our area. Taking a look at the latest numbers from Duke Energy. They are now reporting about twelve thousand three hundred customers with outages in Mecklenburg county in Gaston county that number is currently about five hundred in Union County. It is. Just over twelve hundred the Red Cross is operating numerous shelters across the region. In Mecklenburg county. There are five shelters the one at east Meck highschool is now at capacity, but there is still space available at north Meck, south Meck west and artery Cal more than four hundred people sought refuge overnight in the seventeen areas shelters last night. WBZ Brett Jensen is riding the storm out in Wilmington after winds reached a hundred and five miles per hour. Florence is putting final touches on Wilmington and eastern North Carolina. With blood will rain the buckets of whiteness of caused hundreds of water rescues in the area. Many because people think they can drive across areas. One couple even went chasing after their dog into poured water and had to be rescued by search and rescue personnel. I'm happy to report the dog is safe. So he probably won't be getting any anytime soon. Reporting from Wilmington WBZ news among those helping support the first responders across the state is the USO of North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel John falcon berry coastguard, it'd be located here. We provided some meals for them breath four hundred starts. Then came from camp was there, and we just delivered about a hundred. The national guard for when they do their water rescues are mobile units positioned up in Raleigh ready to wear the guard would like us to go to provide support regard. You know, we've got socks and bug spray. And a lot of other facing necess- the items that were loading up. And I'm just telling me we want to help people in need right now. But we can't forget our warriors that are picked up from their home. He says at eleven locations around the states are in a good place to be able to support the national guard."