Five dead as Hurricane Florence downgraded to tropical storm

Five dead as Hurricane Florence downgraded to tropical storm”

"Although coastal storm surge flooding will gradually subside tonight and Saturday, it can not be emphasised enough that another serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence will continue to be extremely heavy rainfall".

Florence will turn northward by Sunday. "And since we're already on high ground, those two things together kind of help insulate us a little more than, I would say, others", she said. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

By 5 a.m., about 200 people had been rescued from flooded homes in New Bern, where the National Weather Service reported 10 feet of inundation.

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads. Officials are predicting that potentially 2.5 million customers could be without power as the storm continues on.

The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, the governor said, while confirming another death in Lenoir County. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

Authorities have confirmed those storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 miles per hour wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.

Florence continues to batter the Carolina's.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. "It's going to be the rain".

The surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast. That, in turn, could trigger epic flooding well inland. Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Trump has been criticized for his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last September and resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.

The National Hurricane Center reported Friday that "catastrophic flash flooding is expected to worsen today across Southeast NC and Northeast SC".

Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and SC ahead. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

A tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina.

CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME Vechicles are seen as members of the U.S. Army rescue people during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018.

Despite the strong winds, it's a slow-moving storm.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. "We don't know the magnitude yet of this storm, because it has just come ashore and it's going to be here a long time, and it's going to cut a wide swath across our state". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard ... Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home". She was trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water Friday as her boyfriend and his cousin were stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

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