Florence’s dangerous ‘flooding is only going to get worse,’ officials warn

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty Image(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — Florence’s dangerous flooding “is only going to get worse,” North Carolina’s director of emergency management warned Saturday as massive amounts of rain devastate the state.“We have never seen flash flooding like this in our state,” state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon added at a press conference Saturday afternoon.Trogdon said flash flooding will last for several days and river and marine flooding could last up to a week.“We just don’t want people to think this thing is over, because it’s not,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper added Saturday of Florence, which made landfall near Wrightsville Beach Friday morning as a hurricane and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.“We know the water is rising fast everywhere — even in places that don’t typically flood,” Cooper said.Catastrophic floodingCatastrophic flooding has already wreaked havoc on parts of eastern North Carolina, which sustained 2 feet of rain in some areas, and up to 40 inches in other hard-hit spots.Newport, North Carolina, reported 23.75 inches of rainfall by Saturday morning.Hoffman, North Carolina, has seen 19.96 inches and Conway, South Carolina, has seen 8.68 inches — with two days of rainfall to come.Eight people were reported dead in the storm, with one in South Carolina and the other seven in North Carolina. Among the fatalities are a mother and her baby killed in Wilmington, North Carolina, by a falling tree.There were more than 800,000 people without power in North and South Carolina combined Saturday.Rescuers navigate currents to reach trapped residentsAs the water levels rise, dire rescues are ongoing.First responders and volunteers are going door to door, by boat and air, navigating dangerous currents to get to those who are trapped.“It’s pretty dire right now,” trapped resident Jackie Mallard told ABC News. “The streets are almost like you need gondolas.”“When you can help your fellow man, you can get out there and do what you’re trained to do, that’s a great thing,” Bill Reddon of the New York Fire Department said.What’s nextHeavy rain is expected to continue in North and South Carolina over the next few days. That will bring additional water to the already-soaked states as well as additional threats like possible landslides near the Appalachians and electrocution threats with downed power lines.The rain and flooding expected Saturday could double the 10 to 20 inches that have fallen so far.Cumberland County, North Carolina, ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes along the Cape Fear River Saturday over flooding concerns.The Cape Fear River in Fayetteville could crest at 62 feet — 4 feet above major flood stage.Fayetteville’s mayor called the potential flooding “a serious, life threatening matter” and that anyone who anyone that stays should contact next of kin because of the possible loss of life.Flooding is even anticipated in Charlotte — more than 200 miles inland — as well as Fayetteville and Columbia.Storm surges could reach 11 feet Saturday along coastal areas, particularly between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Byron Scott working on filling out Lakers coaching staff

first_imgEyen also had scouting jobs with the New York Knicks (1996-97, 2003), was an assistant coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara (1984-88) and served as a consultant for professional teams in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. Eyen is also the son-in-law of Bill Bertka, the Lakers’ current special assistant and basketball consultant to general manager Mitch Kupchak. ESPN Los Angeles first reported the Lakers’ likelihood to add Eyen to Scott’s staff. Scott will likely have four people on his coaching staff. Possibilities include Lakers assistant Johnny Davis and player development coach Larry Lewis, both of whom are still under contract. It is widely expected that Scott’s son, Thomas, will join his staff after coaching with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. There appears to be some clarity on how Byron Scott will fill out his coaching staff. Mark Madsen is expected to stay, according to league sources, after spending the past year as a player development coach for former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and an associate head coach with the team’s Las Vegas Summer League team. Madsen also played a heavy role with the Lakers’ drafting efforts, attending both the NBA pre-draft combine and participating in various draft workouts. Madsen had played nine years in the NBA and was on the Lakers’ 2001 and 2002 championship teams. It is not currently clear what Madsen’s title will be under Scott. Scott is also expected to add veteran assistant Jim Eyen to his staff, according to league sources. Eyen has spent 23 years as an NBA assistant coach in various capacities, most recently with the Sacramento Kings (2009-2013). Such stops also included the Lakers (1989-92), Clippers (1988-89, 2003-09), Milwaukee Bucks (1992-96) and Portland Trail Blazers (1997-2001). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more