First deaths from Hurricane Florence reported in North Carolina

15 Septembre, 2018, 04:10 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Forecasters say although Florence is now a tropical storm, it will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

The center of the storm is expected to maintain a westward track across southeastern North Carolina Friday and across eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

He said that only 300 of the city's 22,000 residents have power as of Friday afternoon, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Government weather satellites captured this image of Hurricane Florence shortly after its landfall September 14, 2018. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

While many sought shelter - about 26,000 people took refuge in 100 shelters and at the 14,000-seat Joel Colisseum in Winston-Salem - others ignored warnings or headed to nearby hotels.

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Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina. "We're going to work hard to make sure people have the resources they need to get through the storm".

Thousands more have been ordered to prepare to deploy if needed.

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

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"This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

About midday on Thursday (local time), Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. "But I think we're ready". "Because it's Mother Nature".

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire. That is enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

Within hours of the storm making landfall, officials in Onslow County - which includes the city of Jacksonville, reported "major structural damage to homes, businesses and institutions".

Elsewhere in the storm-ravaged state a man died plugging in a power cord, and a woman died from a heart attack after rescuers were unable to reach her home past downed trees. Craven County officials said they responded to 200 calls for help.

He said he has not seen "a soul" in the area all day, with power and cell service knocked out.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

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