Trump OKs disaster relief for North Carolina

Trump OKs disaster relief for North Carolina

Hurricane Florence, a Category 1 storm, has already claimed four lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to police.

Storm surges, punishing winds and rain are turning some towns into rushing rivers - and the storm is expected to crawl over parts of the Carolinas into the weekend, pounding some of the same areas over and over. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled. The National Hurricane Center says Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast.

Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night with more torrents on the way.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving west at 2 mph (3.2 kph), with its center located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"Seeing them get out of the auto and seeing their emotions was heartbreaking", he said.

The White House says President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina and that will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. "Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they're flickering back to us". "We didn't know where to go", she said. Power outages are widespread, and rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds besieged by the rising waters. More 100 swift-water rescues were carried out there overnight, he said, "and we expect more".

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Swift-water rescue teams from out of state helped local rescuers evacuate people whenever conditions allowed. Some areas are grappling with intense flooding, while many in the city of New Bern required rescue in the early hours of the day. But there were times she thought they wouldn't survive, she told CNN. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.

By Friday morning, the shore was flooded, and buildings were damaged, in video she put up on Facebook.

High tides in Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday will be mid-afternoon and again early Saturday morning.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

And, while Florence continues to weaken, the worst of the storm hasn't passed yet.

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