7 dead as Tropical Storm Florence drenches Carolinas

The slow-moving tropical storm will continue to drench the region for days

The slow-moving tropical storm will continue to drench the region for days

Portions of eastern North Carolina's two interstates are closed because of flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence's torrential rains and may not re-open before Monday. The tropical storm's maximum sustained winds are holding steady, remaining at around 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water, the NWS said.

"Many people who think that the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".

The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Local authorities reported a death in Pender County when downed trees prevented emergency units from reaching a woman with a medical condition. A 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said.

Dramatic photos show the carnage at the scene, including quickly rising flood waters set to submerge a pair expensive sports cars.

Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished
In other words, this hurricane will basically stall - pounding the same parts of the Carolinas over and over again. Bermuda, parts of the Bahamas and the northeast USA coast may also feel some effects from Hurricane Florence .

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. "My wife's in a panic right now". As the storm approached, Fisher said, extended family made a decision to stay back so no one would be left behind. More than 400 have already been rescued, he said. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

When Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, the community's rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop. EMS services could not get to the woman due to the storm, marking the third Florence-related death since the storm began hitting the North Carolina coastline.

The centre of the slow-moving storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it came ashore Friday afternoon, was almost stalled over SC early Saturday, about 55 kilometres west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 8 km/h and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

In a viral video that's now been viewed more than 10 million times, Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel is seen leaning into the wind and rain, appearing to struggle to maintain his balance in the brutal weather.

At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence
By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm , its winds weakening to 112 km/h as it pushed inland. Would you like to get published on Standard Media websites? The White House said Friday U.S.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimeters).

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said. Trump plans a visit to the region next week. The storm is expected to intensify over the weekend as it moves across the two states.

Tropical Storm Florence is practically stalled over the Carolinas and the monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

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