Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Storm chaser records Florence battering Carolina coast

Death Toll From Florence Rises To Double Digits Death Toll From Florence Rises To Double Digits
Andrew Wong | 17 September, 2018, 13:01

"Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday".

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

Two more people died for causes linked to the storm.

About 600,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina.

Calling the deadly storm a "thousand-year rain event", Gov Cooper continued: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had said that "several more days of rain" were expected, describing the amount of rainfall from the hurricane as a "1,000-year event".

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

The hospital said it has received three injured patients.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

Outer rain bands approaching N. Carolina coast
President Donald Trump touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence. Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds on Thursday.

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on North Carolina but not as much as one weather reporter would have you believe.

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and Lebanon Fire Department deployed six personnel to North Carolina on Wednesday morning to assist in the emergency response to the impending landfall of Hurricane Florence on the east coast of the United States. By Friday evening, the eye of the storm had moved to SC.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest. Five hundred National Guard troops have already responded to calls.

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.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Washington D.C., declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). It tore roofs and facades off buildings and toppled trees. Mackie rode in a boat through a flooded neighborhood, navigating through trees and past a fencepost to get to the Knox house. The wind in Wilmington gusted to 105 miles per hour, the strongest since Hurricane Helene on September 27, 1958, the Weather Service said. Almost 2 million Americans live within a mile of the most at-risk sites. Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds besieged by the rising waters.

He said he didn't know the family well but that the couple had multiple young children.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m. "We are stuck in the attic". "We have started to see the water recede".

New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said 455 people in all were rescued in the town of 30,000 residents without any serious injuries or deaths.

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