4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

17 September, 2018, 14:32 | Author: Emmett Howard
  • Myrtle Beach South Carolina is in the path of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is being blamed for taking several lives in North Carolina, including that of a woman and infant child who were killed when a massive tree crashed through their modest brick home early Friday.

The father was also in the house and had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment after the incident.

The third death happened in Hampstead, Pender County when a woman had a medical emergency and EMS crews could not get to her due to the storm, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management.

"Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different", Gov. Roy Cooper said. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Saturday.

The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet (30 centimeters to 1 meter) as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said.

Here's video of New Bern, North Carolina where hundreds of people were trapped in flood waters. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in. Officials have not said how the fire started, but attributed it to the storm. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise". "If the house is dry I'm going right back in it, get the generator going, wait till things get up and going again".

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Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night. They ventured out in life jackets into the waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree. "I was definitely stranded", she said. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

Joy Maluyo, field and emergency communications officer at World Vision Philippines, told CTV News Channel on Friday that her family and colleagues there were already experiencing heavy rains and strong winds.

Eighteen people, including two infants, were killed as Florence battered the coast off North and SC on Friday and into the weekend.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.

Three, five-man line crews and a mobile mechanic from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. left Lebanon for North Carolina to join the efforts to restore power as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

The southeastern coast of North Carolina and far northeastern portion of SC were expected to experience 20 to 25 inches of rain, but isolated areas could be hit with 30 to 40 inches, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued at 8 a.m. Friday. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

Populated coastline: 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.

The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people.



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