Power outages near 800000 as Florence rocks the Carolina coast

17 September, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Hurricane Florence from space

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. In addition to the 20,000 evacuees in North Carolina shelters, SC housed 5,500 people in 59 shelters as of Thursday night, a state Red Cross spokesperson said.

But while the president urged people in the region to follow instructions to evacuate, he obscured that message Thursday, when he tweeted that he didn't believe a study that determined almost 3,000 people died after hurricanes Maria and Irma swept across Puerto Rico a year ago. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at his home while attempting to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, Dail said.

North Carolina's governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator. They believe he died after going outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by the wind. The man's family found his body Friday morning at his home, Dail said.

The extremely risky hurricane has already caused more than 500,000 power outages and more is expected in the coming days. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm. He said parts of the state had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.

Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators. "So I had to find a place to go".

Rain forecasts show an additional 10 to 20 inches possible on top of the 10 to 20 inches that have already fallen.

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In South Carolina, a 62-year-old woman died when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a road in the town of Union. In general, south eastern sections of North Carolina like Wilmington and Fayetteville are at risk of flooding.

So far, the life-threatening storm has forced more than 26,000 people into emergency shelters and more than 1,100 flights along the US East Coast have been cancelled this weekend.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's getting worse", Cooper said, calling Florence a "thousand-year rain event". "Of course, I live in New Bern, I'm a property owner here, I have friends that live here and have property here, work here, and it's devastating to see our lovely community and parts of it underwater, and to even worry about my own home".

As the giant, 644km/hr hurricane pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

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

Cline said July was the wettest ever in that part of North Carolina, and the water table rose 21 inches higher than normal.

"I about jumped out of my skin", he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday morning. "I'm scared to death of flooding", she said, "and actually just losing my life". "Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they're flickering back to us".

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"They cleared out 75 percent of the patients", she said. "It may be a while before we can get to you".

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said. "I don't know what the status of it is".

With the center of the storm still at sea early Friday, scores of residents had to be rescued from homes and the tops of cars in New Bern, North Carolina.

Roberts, the city spokeswoman, said Friday preliminary estimates show about 4,300 residences and 300 commercial buildings had been damaged.

The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.

"Currently 150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", City Hall said on Twitter.

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