Storm Michael floods cause chaos in North Carolina

Muriel Hammond
October 12, 2018

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, there have been five Michael-related deaths in the state.

Strong winds brought down trees and electricity lines leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday in preparation for the storm.

Five deaths in Virginia brings the total number of United States deaths related to the storm to at least 11.

- At least 11 deaths have been blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental over 50 years. "Flooding, down trees, closed roads, and debris will impact the morning commute and one-half million Virginians are without power this morning", officials wrote on Facebook.

The Meteorological Station at Glade Creek reported more than 10 inches of rain Thursday, while Pleasant Gardens reported 6.5 inches of rain, and a site near Greensboro saw 6.38 inches.

Roads were turned into rivers as torrents of water gushed through them.

Among the closures were some of the state's largest school districts, including the Wake and Mecklenburg county districts and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

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