Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

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A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The child's father was taken to a hospital.

Rescue crews in Onslow County helped evacuate 70 people from a Jacksonville hotel early Friday after the roof collapsed and rain rushed in.

Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week. Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm and further downgraded to a tropic storm on Friday evening.

"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".

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The National Hurricane Center says Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast.

By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

- Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Hurricane Florence's storm surge.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. "We can not underestimate this storm". "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and theyre seeing the floodwaters rise".

The Cajun Navy, a rescue team formed after Katrina, scoured the small town of New Bern for victims when overnight flooding sent residents to their attics and rooftops. They ventured out in life jackets into waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was, he said".

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Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. A large tropical system, hurricane-force winds extend outward from Florence's center of circulation for eighty miles.

Several cities and Horry County implemented curfews Friday night during the hurricane.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina. Numerous evacuees took their pets. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

By Friday evening, almost 640,000 people in North Carolina alone were without power.

Duke Energy said in a tweet that they anticipate 1 to 3 million outages across the Carolinas, adding that restoration in the hardest-hit communities could take weeks.

"A USGS gauge in Emerald Isle, N.C., recently recorded 6.1 feet above normal water levels", the National Hurricane Center said of the storm surge early Friday. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins". More than 1 million people are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, with more than 10 million people under storm watches or warnings.

As rescuers battled strong winds and debris-filled floodwaters to pluck hundreds of stranded people from their homes, officials confirmed at least three deaths from the monster storm, while U.S. media reported a fourth.

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