Hurricane Florence: North Carolina residents urged to leave

15 September, 2018, 16:02 | Author: Norman Carr
  • UPDATED THU 5 A.M. Map shows probable path of Hurricane Florence.; 1c x 2 1/2 inches 46.5 mm x 63

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "The President is expected to travel to areas affected by the storm early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts".

Heavy rain is expected to continue all day, and the northern coastline of SC is still under a storm surge warning, but the National Weather Service's latest flooding projections show less rivers forecast to reach major flood levels than previously thought.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, maximum peril could come days later as all that water drains, overflowing rivers and causing flash floods.

"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away".

Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said. "People who live in New Bern have experienced hurricanes before, but it has been a long time since we have experienced something like this".

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

"The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday, " the hurricane center said.

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.


"Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement - not easy, very unsafe, tremendous talent".

Those who didn't flee the deadly storm were seeking shelter in attics or the upper floors of homes after the hurricane marched ashore earlier in North Carolina. Storm surge search and rescue operations have been underway across the county.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Friday, and the city was placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice.

Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy" who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.

Several roads in Lexington County were closed because of downed trees and utility lines, the county reported.

The city awoke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts of wind throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions.

Forecasters believe the biggest danger right now is the water, not the wind.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles (560 kilometers) wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

At a briefing, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow when people venture out once the winds die down. Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief Steve Mason said the victims died at the scene.

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