Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Mother, baby killed after tree falls on home during Hurricane Florence

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Frank Williams | 15 September, 2018, 10:25

Firefighters look into a home that a large tree fell on that has three people trapped after Hurricane Florence hit the area on September 14, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The monster storm felled trees all around Wilmington, causing many more close calls and damaging homes and cars.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said. The father was hospitalized with injuries. On North Carolina's Outer Banks, water flowed through streets and between beachfront homes, and some of the few people still left in Nags Head took photos of angry waves topped with white froth. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, this number would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.

The hurricane centre is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 130 km/h before landfall, but with rainfall in the 50 to 75 centimetre range and almost four metres of storm surge.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center.

"This storm is slowly and painfully grinding across our state".

"The storm surge alone has overwhelmed the city of New Bern", Cooper said.

Those who didn't flee the deadly storm were seeking shelter in attics or the upper floors of homes after the hurricane marched ashore earlier in North Carolina.

At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

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If you think we've been having some unpredictable weather here in Cape Town, just be grateful you aren't anywhere near the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas in the USA.

The risky storm, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon, is expected to keep lashing parts of North and SC into the weekend.

Significant flooding was being reported Friday along the Neuse, Pamlico and Pungo rivers in coastal North Carolina due to storm surge.

Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days".

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

Forecasters have said the rain from Florence will continue for two days, bringing severe flooding. They're predicting a potential million to 2.5 million people without power and so that is going to be a painstaking and risky process, so I'm telling people to stay where you are.

According to a report by the news agency Associated Press, Hurricane Florence threatens to cause historic flooding and blow catastrophic winds.

The Governor's Office has activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, which has been used in previous disasters, to accept donations to support North Carolina's response to Hurricane Florence. North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA have staged supplies and equipment strategically to respond to the storm, and first responders across the state are ready. Officials in South Carolina's Craven County say conditions are much worse than some residents expected, with almost 500 people calling the local emergency services hotline asking for help.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

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