Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

The child's father was transported to the hospital with injuries. And a woman in Hampstead, North Carolina in Pender County, died of an apparent heart attack when emergency crews were unable to clear debris to get to her. Now now not lower than 68 people died as a scream result of Storm Harvey, in step with the Nationwide Storm Center.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home on Silver Smith Circle in Kinston early Friday morning while trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

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. At that time, Florence was a Category 1 storm but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph).

The NWS forecast office in Newport/Morehead City, North Carolina, on Friday mornign tweeted that "heavy rain bainds" would pass over the eastern part of the state through Friday and cause flash flooding. On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

The National Hurricane Center reported Florence had sustained winds of more than 144 km/h at landfall and was moving slowly westward.

After typhoon Mangkhut leaves the Philippines, the fast-moving storm is expected to head towards Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday, forecasters said.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

There have been numerous calls for fallen trees, according to officials, however they are not aware of any others where people are trapped. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was", he said.

In the Fayetteville area, John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the Cape Fear River.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3 meters.

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour (155 kph) winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. He made a plan B: If the water reached the house, he'd take the pets upstairs to the second floor.

Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives. "We also are going to have utility companies go out into the field and try to restore power".

In the dark: About 800,000 outages, mostly in North Carolina, as of Friday evening, with Duke Energy anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power. That count is expected to rise significantly.

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

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center has categorized it as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category five Atlantic hurricane.

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