‘Catastrophic flash floods’ soak the East Coast

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - From Massachusetts to South Carolina, strong winds and coastal flooding are impacting at least seven East Coast states.

The National Weather Service is forecasting "catastrophic flash floods" for today.  This is being called a once in 200-year rainfall event.

In the Carolinas, it has been pouring for three straight days. More than 18 inches of rain fell there in just 24 hours and more is on the way.

"This is a very, very serious event.  We have water in areas of the city that we do not normally see flooding," said Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen.

As the water piled up and entered buildings, some drivers were stranded.  Others safely traveled along roads that looked like rivers.

"The streets are so flooded that you can't even see the lines in the road, and they continue to drive.  So either their car floods out or it starts floating," said Charleston tow truck driver, Eric Thacker.

Although Hurricane Joaquin has moved away from the East Coast, his outer edge is still wreaking havoc.

"We're still not letting our guards down because at a moment's notice this weather pattern could turn," said North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

Some states could see 10 to 15 inches of rain.  Flood advisories and warnings are in effect from north Florida to as far north as Connecticut.

Also, this morning, near the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a container ship with 28 Americans onboard.  The ship was lost in waters roiled by Hurricane Joaquin.  Overnight, an airplane spotted a life ring from the missing vessel about 25 miles from the ship`s last known position.

 

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