Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Confirmed Dead Due to Hurricane Florence

Confirmed Dead Due to Hurricane Florence

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, labelled the storm "an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.

Wilmington Police confirmed that a mother and her infant died when a tree fell on their home.

A gust of 169km/h was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Fisher said support staff includes food service employees providing "four hot meals each day" and child care services for about 100 children staying at the hospital while their parents work. Another person died from a cardiac arrest when emergency services could not reach her, due to downed trees blocking their path.

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 criticised as slow and unprepared previous year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

"I'm surprised this is that high", Hudson said.

"Residents should not let their guard down", North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted.

Florence poses 'catastrophic' flood threat; at least 7 killed
New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Durham Herald-Sun around 5am that about 200 people had been rescued so far. Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

A sailboat is shoved up against a house and a collapsed garage September 15, 2018, after heavy wind and rain from Florence, now a tropical storm, blew through New Bern, North Carolina.

"Honestly, I'm not sure" why some people refused to follow evacuation orders, David Cotton, county manager for North Carolina's Onslow County, told "Good Morning America" on Saturday. The National Hurricane Centre in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11pm Friday about 20 kilometres west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days.

The rising sea crept towards the two-storey home of Tom Copeland, who lives on a spit of land surrounded by water in Swansboro. With many areas already flooded by seawater, forecasts warned of a period of extensive flooding around the region's winding network of rivers and creeks. In perspective, Florence could drop up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

FEMA teams were employing boats in the rescues and were determining which cases were the most severe.

One resident, 67-year-old Linda Smith, told the MailOnline: "We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now". More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

"Hurricanes normally come in and they go inland, which sucks the power out of them as they go over the land", he said. "So, even if it was just a tropical storm and trees went down we'd have a hard time getting here".

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