Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Wilmington NC tree North Carolina TV station evacuates because of rising water
Kristen Harrington | 16 September, 2018, 16:27

The child´s injured father was taken to a hospital.

A woman in Hampstead, in Pender County, died of an apparent heart attack after emergency crews could not clear debris to get to her.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

The storm surges of Friday and Saturday as Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, saw coastal flooding and the Cape Fear River reverse course and flow inland instead of to the Atlantic Ocean. But even before the storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, experts were warning that low-income neighborhoods were already poised to bear the brunt of its ruination.

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane against returning home, as storm Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the eastern United States, resulting in life-threatening flooding.

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Ex-hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have weakened to 80-kilometres-per-hour but it's projected to bring further catastrophic flash flooding.

By tomorrow afternoon, the center of Florence is expected to be across western SC. NEW BERN OVERWHELMEDIn New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin told people living within a mile of the region's main river, the Cape Fear, or the nearby Little River, that they had until 3 p.m. Sunday to get out.

Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

Florence's flooding claims a couple of cars and the first story of a house in New Bern, NC.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later fled her home near New Bern. "I was looking for water moccasins to hit me at any time", he said.

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Officials in North Myrtle Beach, where some flooding was occurring, did report some delays in their 911 emergency system, according to a news release, but their public safety personnel are still out in the community.

The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel was seemingly battling to stay upright as he filmed a piece in North Carolina - only for two pedestrians to calmly stroll past in the background. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

As remnants of what was Hurricane Florence reached the Roanoke area Friday night, the county government said more rain fell than was expected.

In Washington, President Donald Trump was briefed on Florence's impact and later tweeted, "Deepest sympathies and warmth go out to the families and friends of the victims". Trump plans a visit to the region next week. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the hurricane was likely to "continue its violent grind for days" and described the severity of the downfalls as a "1,000 year event".

In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days.

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With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters.

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