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Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

15 September 2018, 05:07 | Justin Tyler

A woman and her child died after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall earlier on Friday.

More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate before the streets became inundated. Its slow movement meant...

He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3.5m. "Really all you could do is stay inside and hope for the best".

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline".

Regarding the possibility of a storm surge, Jones said, "Everyone has to be on the lookout for that, however, the way our house sits, it's elevated".

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.

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Peggy Perry, who along with three relatives, was trapped early Friday in her New Bern home.


"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", a tweet from the city overnight said.

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", he said.

Operations at the ports of Wilmington, Charleston, South Carolina, and Norfolk in Virginia, which together handled 23 per cent of East Coast imports in 2017, have been disrupted by the storm.

And while Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon, meteorologists predict heavy rain - up to 2 feet of rain when all is said and done - will continue into the weekend.

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate aftermath. "We are stuck in the attic". "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by the storm next week.



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