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

Florence kills 4, including infant, in North Carolina, officials say

Florence kills 4, including infant, in North Carolina, officials say

A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house. "The father was transported to (New Hanover Regional Medical Center) with injuries".

Florence's rain will bring 40 inches to some parts of the Carolinas, forecasters said.

These types of slow-moving storms - like Hurricane Harvey - can be particularly risky because of the rain and flooding they can bring.

"Plant procedures call for the reactors to be shut down before the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds", agency spokesman Joey Ledford told CNN.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

While the wind is unsafe enough, the real risk for homes along the coast today and into the weekend is the storm surge.

The National Hurricane Center reported Friday that "catastrophic flash flooding is expected to worsen today across Southeast NC and Northeast SC".

Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

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Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of four people in North Carolina, and left hundreds of thousands without power.

At 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday, the City of New Bern tweeted out: "Currently ~ 150 awaiting rescue in New Bern". The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way.

Roy Cooper described Hurricane Florence, which slammed into his state early Friday, as "an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

Florence is expected to dump several feet of rain on the Carolinas as she makes a slow push inland over the next few days.

Around 11 p.m. Friday, Florence was about 15 miles west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, SC, moving west-southwest at 5 mph, packing maximum-sustained winds of 65 mph. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

In Morehead City, Brooke Kittrell rode out the storm Thursday and Friday with her boyfriend aboard their docked boat, hoping it didn't break loose and slam something.

The NHC predicted "catastrophic freshwater flooding" to hit "over portions of North and SC".

Forecasters are predicting that the storm will continue to weaken but still dump potentially record-breaking amounts of rain as it moves slowly inland.

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