Mother, infant are first two confirmed deaths from Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 15, 2018

Officials have warned that the life-threatening storm could come with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph and carries a risk of "catastrophic" flooding. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

Ominously, forecasters said the onslaught on the North Carolina-South Carolina coast would last for hours and hours because the hurricane had come nearly to a dead stop at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday. "We can not underestimate this storm". "But I think we're ready".

The center downgraded Florence to a Category 1 hurricane, but warned that it still carried "very risky winds".

Hurricane-force winds extended 130km from its centre, and tropical storm-force winds reached out to 315km.

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.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement.

Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, but its crawling pace and overwhelming storm surges are setting up hours and hours of destruction and human suffering - with dozens desperately awaiting rescue in one flooded town alone. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Morehead City resident Rebecca Marson decided not to evacuate because her surgeon husband wanted to remain behind with other first responders.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.
The agency adds that people trapped by flooding should "never enter attics or crawl spaces".


According to CNN, the hurricane hit the east coast of the United States with 90-mph winds and relentless rain. At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticised as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes.

As it moves inland, the storm is expected to bring its high winds and intense rain bands across the southeastern corner of North Carolina and a large chunk of SC. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.

FEMA and the National Weather Service also urged residents along the coast to evacuate.

By 2 p.m. Saturday, the storm won't even be halfway across SC, forecasters say. The fear is that during that slow march west, it'll drop torrential rains, flooding low-lying areas and overwhelming rivers.

Hurricane Florence, as seen from the International Space Station. That advisory came out on August 30, when Florence was developing near the Cabo Verde Islands across the Atlantic. Six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the water was dropping by then.

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