Hurricane Florence bringing 'catastrophic' flooding, mudslides deep into North Carolina

Jan Cross
September 16, 2018

Police in Wilmington confirmed the mother, Lesha Murphy-Johnson, and baby Adam died, with the tot's father rescued and rushed to the hospital.

United States media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

The storm originally made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday as a category one hurricane.

Florence made landfall on the East Coast Friday morning with wind speeds of 195 miles per hour. "Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today".

A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic". Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of potential landslides, as well the possibility of flood waters imperiling dams and bridges as rivers and creeks swelled.

It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes.

"It has slowed", he said.

Wildlife also found itself directly affected by Florence's floodwaters, including these deer seen swimming through neck-deep water.

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

But the size of the storm meant the path didn't really matter.

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The National Hurricane Center has revealed its latest projections for Tropical Storm Florence.

Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm with diminished winds, but it has stalled over the Wilmington region as predicted and will continue drenching the area with historic and catastrophic rain, the National Hurricane Center said in a 5 a.m. briefing. Many counties had mandatory evacuation notices.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

The White House announced on Saturday that President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for North Carolina a day earlier, an order that opens up federal funding, including housing and home fix grants.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas. As of 8:30 p.m. that number had shrunk to less than 700,000.

Elsewhere, officials in Harnett County urged residents of about 1,100 homes to clear out because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels. 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".

"It costs to leave", Glover, who also founded the environmental justice organization Sol Nation, continued.

In New Bern, a riverfront city near the North Carolina coast that saw storm surges up to 10 feet (three meters), authorities were rescuing stranded residents and taking stock of damages. In Belhaven, the rising Pungo River almost swallowed the firstfloor of a house.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

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