Storm chaser records Florence battering Carolina coast

17 September, 2018, 06:51 | Author: Sherry Houston
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Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

The storm also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers and that number is expected to rise.

It's "relentless and excruciating and very slow", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

"All evacuation orders from local officials should be followed because of this risky threat", the Weather Channel said.

- A mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, police said Friday.

Officials say two people died in Lenoir County. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.

WILMINGTON: Florence barreled into the Carolina coast and moved inland on Friday, knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

100 miles per hour winds raged as the storm made landfall.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Florence continues to batter the Carolina's.

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The storm will dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend, overwhelming rivers and setting up days of flooding, before reaching the Ohio Valley.

Dramatic photos show the carnage at the scene, including quickly rising flood waters set to submerge a pair expensive sports cars.

Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Trump has been criticized for his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last September and resulted in almost 3,000 deaths. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move farther inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina this evening, and across extreme eastern SC tonight and Saturday. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article reported two deaths in Carteret County, North Carolina.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, maximum peril could come days later as all that water drains, overflowing rivers and causing flash floods. A tree fell on a home in Wilmington. Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

Cooper highlighted in particular the plight of New Bern, a city that faced intense flooding overnight.

At 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday, the City of New Bern tweeted out: "Currently ~ 150 awaiting rescue in New Bern".

Courageous volunteers are seen defying the danger and continuing to rescue residents and their pets. "Everything around us is underwater".

Those who stayed behind provided harrowing accounts of getting trapped in homes surrounded by water. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew. I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me.

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