Dead as Hurricane Florence Smashes into US East Coast

17 September, 2018, 14:30 | Author: Emilio Conner
  • Death Toll From Florence Rises To Double Digits

Two deaths occurred in New Hanover County, one death occurred in Pender County, two died in Lenoir, two in Cumberland, and three in Duplin.

A 68-year-old man and his wife died in a house fire in Cumberland County, NC on Friday, according to a release from the NC State Emergency Response team.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home on Silver Smith Circle in Kinston early Friday morning while trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported a fatal collision in Kershaw County on Sunday morning. "An investigation into the death is underway, but it appears there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry".

Parts of New Bern, North Carolina, which is home to 30,000 people, were 10ft underwater on Friday after local rivers flooded their banks.

Though it was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane at landfall Friday and later weakened to a tropical storm, Florence remains a massive storm that will dump trillions of gallons of rain on eastern North Carolina before sweeping across SC. On the opposite hand, some salvage been peaceable of their properties when Florence struck on Friday.

At 5 p.m., Florence had been downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

At a press conference in Manila, state forecaster Rene Paciente talked about how the wind was particularly risky.

Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. on Friday as a hurricane with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour - making it a Category 1 storm.

She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm. Also of concern were more than three dozen coal ash dumps at power plants in the region.

Florence is set to creep across the state, moving west across the Carolinas and touching down in Georgia. The storm is expected to dump up to 86 trillion litres of water on seven states as it lumbers thru the mumble over the following week.Florence is one of several storms raging around the globe attractive now.

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A surge is likely along portions of the SC coast.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

So far: Roughly 15 inches of rain have fallen north of Swansboro, North Carolina, and it's only going to get worse.

Storm surge of up to 13 feet will be "life threatening" and rainfall of up to 40 inches will mean "catastrophic" flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center. Our main worry is water and flooding.

About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

Almost 15,300 people have already evacuated the northeastern corner of the island, the Phillipine Office of Civil Defence said.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter).

President Donald Trump praised the "incredible job" being done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency workers and first-responders.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest. Florence is now a tropical depression, but still remains risky. In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea.

New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, this number would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.


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