Two days after the worst of Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, and many rivers are cresting at record levels throughout eastern and southeastern parts of the state. This has prompted evacuations of thousands of peoples from their homes, including in Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville and Lumberton.
According to the National Weather Service, 10 river gauges in North Carolina have shown major flooding. Other river levels in the moderate and minor category could be upgraded over the next several days.
Here are the expected peak times, the forecast levels and for comparison, the historical records, designated in parentheses:
- Northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw: 25.4 feet (22.5)
- NE Cape Fear near Chinquapin: 27.2 (23.5)
- Contentnea Creek at Hookerton: 18.2 (18.05)
- Neuse River near Goldsboro: 27 (29.7)
- Little River at Manchester: 36.6 (32.2)*
- Cape Fear River at Fayetteville: 61.6 (68.9)
- Cape Fear River at Huske Lock 69 (75.5)
- Lumber River at Lumberton 24.3 (record not listed, but flood stage is 13 feet) Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown 39.9 (43.2)
- Cape Fear River at Lock 1: 29.7 feet (29.8)
- Neuse River at Kinston: 24.6 (28.3)*The most recent gauge reading is 35.95, recorded yesterday. However, the operating limits of the gauge have either been exceeded and/or flood water has damaged the gauge.