Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, but its crawling pace and overwhelming storm surges are setting up hours and hours of destruction and human suffering - with dozens desperately awaiting rescue in one flooded town alone.
In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people, and Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer that about 200 had been rescued by 5 a.m. Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and social media.
But more than 140 people are still waiting to be helped. Its slow movement meant...
Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding. "Really all you could do is stay inside and hope for the best". Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water. "The water looming over Dr. Navarro is a brilliant way of showing the dangers of storm surge".
Hurricane Florence floods parts of the Carolinas with pounding wind and rain
North Carolina alone is forecast to get 36 trillion litres, enough to cover the North Carolina to a depth of about 25 cm. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.
"If this thing comes inland and stops in eastern North Carolina like they forecast it, and we get two days of continuous rain, the rain will be our biggest damage", he said. "But I think we're ready".
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the U.S., including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence.
At 90 miles per hour, its wind speed was dipping but still risky. "We are stuck in the attic".
Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days".
Local woman stays in North Carolina despite arrival of Hurricane Florence
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Noting the heavy bands on the hurricane's northeast quadrant, he added, "We are on the bad side of this storm".
Response teams had already "brought in busloads" of rescued people from areas including Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek and Township 7, she said.
Since issuing a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday, nearly all of the more than 2500 residents left the island.
Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.
President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by the storm next week.
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