We slept through last night although, to be honest, I expected not to. As you can see, even though it has been several hours since landfall, Florence is moving very slowly. That is not a good thing. The bands of rain that you see in the image are not going to stop any time soon. It could be tomorrow night before the heavy rain stops around here. ( I live SE of Raleigh a little ways)
Our neighborhood has had a few big branches fall; one neighbor’s tree split at its crotch and fell on the roof of his porch. They are elderly, so the guys will certainly take care of that as soon weather permits. Right now, it is raining hard. We haven’t checked our large capacity (11 in) rain gauge, but it looks from here like we have had over 6 inches so far. The wind is probably steady at 35-40 with gusts upwards of 50mph or more. We don’t have a wind speed gauge. Yet. Around 11:00 AM, our generator was started and thankfully, I can type this online.
Elsewhere, there has been horrific flooding and that will continue on into Tuesday or Wednesday. Our own river will reach flood stage in a day or two and overflow its banks. We do not live in that flood area. With the storm surge that is still going on at the coast because of the continuing impact of hurricane force winds, the ocean water is pushing up into all the rivers in our state that empty there. Picture a giant plunger pushing that water up-river. Then, add to that all the rain flowing into the creeks and streams that empty into those rivers. Several cities on those rivers are or soon will be flooded. I mean flooded. Hurricane Matthew dealt a mean blow two years ago, but this will be much worse. Look up New Bern, NC, which has two rivers flowing through it. The flooding is terrible there and it is raining hard still.
There have been three storm related deaths thus far. Two were a mother and her infant child that died when a tree fell on their house. The father was rushed to the hospital. My heart sank when I heard that. So very sad.
Many people don’t realize that the combination of long duration heavy rain and high winds can create a perfect scenario for ground saturated tree roots to simply let go and fall. A lot of people opted to “wait” out the storm, including some of our family members that live at the coast. So far they are safe, but this thing is not going to be over for our part of the state for hours, maybe into Sunday!
I took all my feeders in last night. Thankfully, there are a lot of seeds still on the ground and my sweet little birds are finding them. I wonder what they do when the wind and rain are so bad. Surprisingly, I see some flying around amongst the trees often.
Well, I guess that brings you up to date so far. I am not sure when I will post again, but it helps me to do this…….
Take care, God bless you and Praise our Father, who watches over us as He does!