Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence

Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence

The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said.

The fifth death, indirectly linked to the storm, occurred in Pender County's Hampstead community, Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins told WWAY.

A man electrocuted while plugging in a generator during a heavy rain and another knocked down by wind were among the other casualties reported from the monster storm.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

The storm made landfall just two miles from the point that the National Weather Service predicted five days ago, and has barely moved since.

Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds on Thursday.

After coming ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon and trudged into SC as night came.

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.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad
As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Greg Postel , hurricane and storm specialist for The Weather Channel.


In New Bern, the picturesque riverfront town and birth place of Pepsi, where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet, incoming Mayor Sabrina Bengel said hundreds had been rescued after residents began calling before daybreak as waters rose to rooftops.

In Craven County, authorities say they received more than 150 telephone calls to rescue people in the historic town of New Bern because water had entered their homes. "Plant procedures call for the reactors to be shut down before the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds", agency spokesman Joey Ledford told CNN.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they are seeing the floodwaters rise". They ventured out in life jackets into waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

Eudy said his family stayed in their home partly to protect their house.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter. He said that heat waves render the sea surface temperature in the Atlantic "bathtub-level warm" and as the ocean heat waves become more frequent, ocean waves are likewise increasing in frequency and intensity. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

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.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air, and at least 525,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks. The storm is expected to turn west and then north moving through the Carolinas and the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said early on Saturday. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.

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