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How is Tropical Storm Florence affecting Beaufort County roads on Saturday morning?

15 September 2018, 08:42 | Justin Tyler

Paul Anthony Menchaca. Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Paul Anthony Menchaca.         Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is wonderful and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood on Saturday.

By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds weakened to 112 km/h as it moved forward at 6km/h about 25 kilometres north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

Florence is 350 miles (560 km) wide and has travelled 4,000 miles across the ocean from west Africa.

In New Bern, a city that backs on to the Neuse river in North Carolina, rescue operations continued on Saturday as significant flooding destroyed homes and some of the city's historic colonial-era statues.

According to The Washington Post, at least four deaths have already been linked to the storm, and an entire town was cut off by water.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", Cooper said.

Florence had been a Category-3 hurricane on Thursday but dropped to Category-1 before coming ashore.

So far, no one has died in North Carolina, Cooper said, but they are aware that the "risk is great".

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


Wilmington, North Carolina police said the mother and her infant were killed after a tree fell on their house. The child's father was transported to the hospital with injuries. A woman in Pender County, North Carolina, died from a heart attack after calling emergency services, as paramedics could not reach her because of fallen trees.

In Hampstead, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees.

There was just one problem: While Seidel looked as if he needed to guard against the wind and the rain, two people walked behind him as though nothing was wrong and ruined the appearance of dire conditions.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

Many areas in southeastern North Carolina have endured 15 to 30 inches of rain, and up to 15 more could fall. A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.

The station reported the fourth death involved a 77-year-old Kinston man who family members said died at 8 a.m. Friday when he was "blown down by the wind" while tending dogs. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach. That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow county, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead. Over 1 million people are under evacuation warnings, with 10 million more under storm watches and warnings, CBS News reports.

The White House said President Trump will tour areas affected by Florence next week, once it is determined that his visit will not disrupt rescue and recovery operations. Trump issued the order on Friday.



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