At least 4 dead as Florence downgraded to Tropical Storm

Jan Cross
September 17, 2018

National Hurricane Center predictions that Hurricane Florence would "pile up water" along the North Carolina coast came true on Friday, when the storm broke multiple tide records, some dating back more than six decades.

Firefighters and rescue crews pray in front of a home after removing a resident trapped inside during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

The storm also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers and that number is expected to rise.

The Wilmington Police Department confirmed the deadly incident on Twitter, mentioning that the father is being hospitalized for injuries he suffered when the large tree fell on the home.

Mr Hanks said a fourth person died while checking on his hunting dogs, and authorities believe he was blown over by the wind.

Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said.

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. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.

This next video below, taken by Mark Cogdell, shows a gas station on Market Wilmington, North Carolina collapsing in Hurricane Florence's winds.

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Heavy rain from Florence will soak the east coast early next week.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. Atlantic Beach, located on the state´s Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the US Geological Survey said. "It's going to be the rain".

Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County, said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city of almost 120,000 people.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Governor Cooper said: "Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless".

The White House said Friday U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week, once it has been determined that his travel would not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts. By Friday evening, the eye of the storm had moved to SC. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated. "I'm kind of glad that I'm there to deal with a lot, at the same sense, the element of the unknown is kind of iffy".

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the North Carolina coast. Some areas are grappling with intense flooding, while many in the city of New Bern required rescue in the early hours of the day.

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