Dead as Hurricane Florence Smashes into US East Coast

17 September, 2018, 12:55 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.

Wilmington Police confirmed that a mother and her infant died when a tree fell on their home.

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

There have been two fatalities in Kinston as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

This satellite image shows Hurricane Florence as it made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Trump will travel next week to areas hit by Florence.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning.

Here's video of New Bern, North Carolina where hundreds of people were trapped in flood waters.

A friend later tweeted that the woman and her family had been rescued. By late afternoon, Beaufort County Manager Brian Alligood hoped the worst was over. "We have started to see the water recede". By Friday evening, the eye of the storm had moved to SC. Cruise ships have diverted to Florida away from the storm's path, and some hotels are offering special discounts for evacuees.

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to 11.

Florence's top sustained winds remain at 70 miles per hour (110 kph) as it crawls west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph). She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

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And on Saturday evening, Duke Energy said heavy rains caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington, North Carolina. 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.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the State in several feet of water. He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

Calling the deadly storm a "thousand-year rain event", Gov Cooper continued: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse". "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm". Five hundred National Guard troops have already responded to calls.

"You can walk faster than this storm is moving", said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

Craven County emergency crews put out the message to people stranded to shelter in place, as 150 people were waiting for help before midnight Thursday.

The personnel combined with other agencies to form the Tennessee EMS Ambulance Strike Team and the TEMA-Middle Tennessee Fire Chiefs swift-water rescue team.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m.

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