Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Florence downgraded to tropical storm just 50 miles off coast

Waves slam against a pier in North Carolina NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall
Frank Williams | 16 September, 2018, 19:38

Authorities have confirmed those storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 miles per hour wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.

The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

In an exclusive interview with North Carolina's Governor, Roy Cooper said [North Carolina] has had three deaths related to the storm.

The hurricane is massive: at 400 miles wide, its hurricane-force winds stretch across a 160-mile span, as ABC reported.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded. It's the sheer volume of water, in the form of tidal surges, rain, and anticipated flash flooding that make this Category 1 storm unusually risky.

Craven County, where New Bern is located, had logged more than 100 service calls from residents trapped on their roofs or in their cars, county spokeswoman Amber Parker said.

The Wilmington Police Department confirms Hurricane Florence has killed two after a tree falls on a mother and infant in Wilmington, NC. "Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days".

Hurricane Florence could devastate poor communities of color, experts warn
Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began. Heavy rains and storm surge created destructive flooding of several feet throughout the Carolina coast.

In New Bern, where rescuers removed more than 100 people from rising waters, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who made a decision to ignore a mandatory evacuation order issued three days ago.

Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of the storm, according to an estimate from researchers at Georgetown University that was adopted by the Puerto Rican government as the official death toll for the storm.

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.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Florence is expected to dump several feet of rain on the Carolinas as she makes a slow push inland over the next few days. The storm is expected to lumber into far southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC through Saturday, punishing the area with rain and damaging winds. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the water was dropping by then.

North Carolina Emergency Management warned residents on Friday to stay indoors, avoid stagnant or moving flood waters and have their emergency kits ready.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

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