Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc in US

Death Toll From Florence Rises To Double Digits

Firefighters pray at an operation to remove a tree that fell on a house injuring resident during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018. The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

A powerful 10-foot storm surge left around 150 people stranded and waiting to be rescued in New Bern, North Carolina, Friday morning.

A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic".

"We are saddened by the sudden passing of one of our community, and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are now grieving during such an already stressful period", Amanda Hutcheson, the Brunswick County Government public information officer wrote in an email.

That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery. By late afternoon, Beaufort County Manager Brian Alligood hoped the worst was over. A woman was driving along State Highway 18 in Union County and crashed into a tree that had been knocked down by the storm's winds.

Picture the entire state of Texas covered with roughly 4 inches of water: that's Florence's rainfall forecast over a week.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland declared states of emergency.

To compliment the supplies the government is giving evacuees, World Vision has also prepared hygiene kits that are filled with laundry soaps, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets and plastic mats for the approximate 4,000 families fleeing the storm. "Warmer oceans mean more energy to intensify tropical storms and hurricanes", he said.

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
He added that the storm is moving so slowly - approximately five miles per hour - that he will be in the eye for quite a while. The National Weather Service shared images of Union Point on the shore at New Bern before and after the storm surge hit.

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The biggest threat brought by Florence, which has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, is not wind but water.

In New Bern, along the coast, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers used inflatable boats to reach people.

There have been numerous calls for fallen trees, according to officials, however they are not aware of any others where people are trapped.

North Carolina Emergency Management advised residents Friday morning that "If your power goes out, do NOT operate gas powered generators or charcoal grills in or near your home". By 2 p.m., more than 658,000 customers were without power across North Carolina, and the Triangle had begun to experience outages. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3 meters.

The US National Weather Service has released a flash flood warning as authorities were scrambling to reach almost 150 people now stranded.

At an 11 a.m. briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow if people venture out when the winds die down. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

The Sheriff's Office said those deaths are not hurricane-related.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". The rainfall will cause catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding, the NHC said. In Belhaven, the rising Pungo River almost swallowed the first floor of a house.

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