Florence death toll up at 11, including 3 killed by flooding

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes because of the flood risk.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour (nearly 170 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. But its progress had slowed to a crawl of 5 miles per hour.

Even though Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, it already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds.

"Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days".

It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Cowan said he anxious that the floods would destroy numerous crops that drive the local agricultural economy.

United States east coast communities face "epic amounts of rainfall" from tropical storm Florence, which has been linked to at least 12 deaths.

Just after midnight, the station tweeted that everyone had safely evacuated.

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on September 14, 2018.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service, there are 5.25 million residents in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places under tropical storm warnings or watches.

A man died in Kinston, North Carolina when he was overtaken by strong winds.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

"We just don't want people to think this is over because it's not". Authorities in the USA state of North Carolina have warned residents that flooding could get worse. So far, at least three people have died because of the storm, including a mother and infant who were in a Mercer Avenue house when it was struck by a felled tree.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats. The Army Corps of Engineers was preparing to start work restoring power, installing temporary roofing and removing debris.

Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites.

Hundreds of people were rescued in New Bern, N.C., on Friday as Tropical Storm Florence continued its assault on the Carolina coast after making landfall in the morning. The National Weather Service said the floods likely will last for weeks.

SC has reported its first death from Florence.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is unbelievable and a blessing", Rebekah Roth said yesterday while walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood.

"The flood danger from storm is more immediate today than when it made landfall 24 hrs ago", North Carolina Emergency Management said on Twitter.

In South Carolina, some 36,000 customers are without power.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.

In other parts of the state, those who made a decision to stay behind and ride out the storm needed rescuing as the storm stalled.

As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 people remained without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches of rain by Friday night, and forecasters warned on Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches more. "Catastrophic flooding, long term major river flooding, life-threatening storm surge, and wind damage are occurring or imminent".

Southwestern Virginia is also expecting up to 10in (25cm).

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, while many of their neighbours awaited help.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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