Florence continues to pound Carolinas with heavy rain

Postado Setembro 15, 2018

The child's father was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins confirmed to WWAY that a woman was killed in Hempstead, Pender County after suffering a heart attack in her home.

At least four people have died, and authorities fear the toll will go higher. The deaths were among the first recorded fatalities from the storm, which also killed a 77-year-old man who was knocked over by wind after going outside to check on his dogs.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

Florence, which arrived on land as a category one hurricane, will be the first test of the Trump administration's response to a major natural disaster since Hurricane Maria pounded the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in 2017.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday (September 15), then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. A persistent band of extremely heavy rain has been continuously centered over southeastern North Carolina, dropping upwards of 20 inches of rain.

It said it was located about 40 miles (65 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

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

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. "These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones. They ventured out in life jackets into waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree. Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern in part to protect their house.

The city warns that people "may need to move up to the second story" but tells them to stay put as "we are coming to get you".

Wilmington was battered by high winds and rising flood water as a pier was smashed by a huge wave.

Though Florence's shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and SC in the coming days could leave much of the region under water.

At least four people have died, and authorities fear the toll will go higher as the tropical storm crawls westward Saturday across SC. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern to a hotel some almost 80 miles (130 km) away.

The White House said President Trump will tour areas affected by Florence next week, once it is determined that his visit will not disrupt rescue and recovery operations.

Utility officials say almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas on Friday and more were expected to lose power.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

But Tran is still perplexed why people would get on a dating app in the middle of a storm.