Tropical Storm 'Florence' Leaves Five Dead, Communities Flooded in North, South Carolina

Jan Cross
September 17, 2018

Four deaths were confirmed by officials as USA media reported another. Only one North Carolina is expected to more than 1 meter of rain.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got more than 30 inches (75 centimeters) and counting, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches (60 centimeters) on the state. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said.

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The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

The hurricane was "wreaking havoc" and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days", the governor said.

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state, AFP reported.

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.

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The storm will dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend, overwhelming rivers and setting up days of flooding, before reaching the Ohio Valley.

Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, where authorities were enforcing a curfew.

At least four people have died since Hurricane Florence crashed into the coast Friday and almost stalled.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door to door to pull more than 60 people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimeters).

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, signaling the beginning of what is expected to be days of rainfall and many inches-in some cases multiple feet-of precipitation falling on the Carolinas.

"This is not the end of it", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA.

As night fell, it drifted into SC with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, leaving people trapped in flooded homes and promising days of destruction and human suffering.

New Bern touts itself as the second-oldest city in North Carolina. The streets were mostly deserted and some were blocked by fallen trees. "It's an uninvited brute and it doesn't desire to leave."Some communities reported water phases at 1.Eighty two metres deep on Friday afternoon.The storm itself is 645 kilometres wide, with plump storm-force winds stretching at some stage in a 225-kilometre span.Dramatic photos from New Bern, N.C., mumble factual how high the water has risen along the skim".

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