Deadly Tropical Storm Florence brings 'epic' amount of rain to US

Deadly Tropical Storm Florence brings 'epic' amount of rain to US

The National Hurricane Center said the storm has caused "catastrophic flooding" in North and SC. A flash flood warning for all of Southeastern North Carolina, including New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, was in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds across the state. Power outages are widespread including over 740,000 in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.

The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour.

CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People are rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018.

Tropical Storm Florence continues to weaken as it dumps risky amounts of rain across the Carolinas.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding. It predicted unsafe storm surges of as much as 5 feet along the Carolina coastline.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 0715 EDT near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Flash flood are expected to his the south-east coast as the storm moves across land.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

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Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

Another man in the county who was checking on his dogs outside was killed in what his family thought was a wind-related death Friday morning, emergency officials said.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 10 centimetres of water, he calculated.

President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for North Carolina on Saturday, freeing up federal funding for affected areas. Wind gusts of 105 miles per hour - the highest recorded since 1958 - were reported in Wilmington Friday morning.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

As he speaks, the camera zooms out and two people in shorts walk behind him, apparently without any strain or struggle, before the camera zooms back onto Seidel and then cuts to a map.

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.

"We're a resilient community, we work well together, we'll get through this", Outlaw said. Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said. As her son fed the goats in a hotel parking lot, she said she might not be able to return home until the middle of next week.

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