Hurricane Florence-related death reported in South Carolina

16 Septembre, 2018, 02:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Hurricane Florence | Saturday update

The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people.

Rescue workers rush a man to an ambulance after a giant tree fell on a house in Wilmington, N.C.as Hurricane Florence came ashore, September 14, 2018. The child´s injured father was taken to a hospital. In the state´s Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

As of 11:00 am (1500 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, but the NHC warned residents of risky storm surges and "catastrophic flash flooding". But Florence, a Category 1 when it hit, already had pounded coastal areas for hours. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.

Householders were stranded in their cars, attics and on rooftops.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said there was 10ft of water.

The small town of Hamlet in Richmond County, North Carolina, for example, is full of toxic emitters: within its borders are a chicken processing plant, an energy company and a wood pellet manufacturer that broke ground within the past few years.

"It has slowed", he said. "We're going to have to have patience, we're going to have to be careful and we're going to have to deal with a lot of water". Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3 metres, he said.

It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is not going anywhere fast.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

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The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours.

The Piedmont Triad has been on high alert since Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, made landfall on the North Carolina coast Friday morning. He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers.

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"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the advisory said.

Storm Florence may have weakened but the full extent of the damage it has wreaked may not become clear for days.

Travel is extremely hazardous because of storm surge, Trogdon said, and will only get worse.

In general, south eastern sections of North Carolina like Wilmington and Fayetteville are at risk of flooding.

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door to door to pull more than 60 people out as the Triangle Motor Inn began to crumble. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern.

Across the two states there are some 30,000 people staying in emergency shelters. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

Zooming out to the full projection, shown above, the core of the storm is slated to enter North Carolina around 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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