Hurricane Florence plows inland, leaving five dead, states flooded

Hurricane Florence plows inland, leaving five dead, states flooded

"The storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days, and be a major inland event as well", Cooper said. Paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. "They need to (stay at the hospital)".

Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power already in North Carolina, and officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks.

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

"The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties". Significant weakening was expected over the weekend. Isolated areas could see as much as 40 inches. When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell - and combined with high tide, made for unsafe flooding.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

"The sad thing is that this is a low income area - a lot of people just don't have insurance but they are too attached to their homes and families to leave". Notice the lag in flooding; most rivers will begin to rise 48 to 72 hours after the storm exits the coast.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15am (local time) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 150kph, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the storm's center was about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds
Global space station NASA has revealed the extent of the hurricane "Florence" , which is close to the coast of the United States. As of 200am, the eye of the storm was 375 km southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 17 miles per hour .

The mayor said the pier made it through the storm on Thursday but did not survive the rough surf on Friday. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.

That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery. It had crested parts of the downtown river walk by the evening hours.

Mother Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby, Zac, were killed after being trapped inside their home in Wilmington when a tree fell onto the roof at around 9.30am on Friday.

Over 645,000 power outages were reported Friday morning.

Cooper also warned residents to be wary of not just wind, but the flooding that will come later.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern to a hotel some almost 80 miles (130 km) away.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles (560 kilometers) wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

Flash-flood emergencies - the most critical category of flood warning - have been in effect for several counties in southeast North Carolina since Friday night.

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