Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state
Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state
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15 September, 2018, 20:18
Tropical storm Florence caused "catastrophic" flooding in the Carolinas Saturday even as it began to weaken, after resulting in multiple deaths, including a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.
Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping torrents of rain in the Carolinas, where five people have died.
The father was injured in the incident and was transported to a hospital, officials said. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.
The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15am (local time) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 150kph, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.
"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.
Florence already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds, and the threat is days from ending as remnants of the once major hurricane slowly creep inland across the Carolinas. Duke Energy expects between 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses to lose power.
"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reportsCBS News. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.
Radar loop of Florence over the last 24 hours. The figure for SC was 170,000.
By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.
Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at weather.us, said the storm will dump approximately 10 trillion gallons of water on North Carolina, about a quarter of the annual total. North of the landfall, another 150 people near the town of New Bern required rescue from floods along the Neuse River.
President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for North Carolina on Saturday, freeing up federal funding for affected areas.
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"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. Friday. Many locations in southeast North Carolina are likely smash this old record by the time the rain ends. It's the most powerful storm of 2018 so far.
Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".
Florence will continue to move very slowly to the southwest on Saturday, which in turn will drag the axis of heavy rain bands to the southwest as well.
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Jeff Byard, FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, called Florence "a very risky storm". Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early on Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina border.
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By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC , with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour . The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
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A mother and infant in North Carolina died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington amid heavy winds from Hurricane Florence . Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.
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In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken. The city warns that people "may need to move up to the second story" but tells them to stay put as "we are coming to get you".
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