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At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence

At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

Cooper had a stark warning to any residents considering returning to their flooded home towns.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release.

Even as the winds abated, the waters rose. "This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall".

Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began.

The Florence center is crawling inland over SC, but its main rain bands are hitting already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

Flooding from Hurricane Florence swept across the Carolinas early on Friday as the massive storm surged toward the coast, threatening record rainfall and leaving scores trapped by rising waters. About 400 people have been rescued. "We are trying our best to make sure we can contain that as much as possible". He was blown down at 8 a.m.at his home on Middle Street.

Earlier Friday morning, the New Bern Police Department pushed out a tweet showing water rescues in the city.

A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, N.C. after a tree fell on a house there while the Category 1 hurricane throttled the eastern North Carolina coastline Friday morning.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.

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Elsewhere in North Carolina, a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties. See social media posts from journalists and first responders.

Hurricane Hunter aircraft measured Florence's sustained winds at 75 miles per hour, keeping the storm as a very weak Category 1 hurricane as of 1 p.m.

The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.

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

The centre of the hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, at 7.15am local time.

Two people also died in Harkers Island, North Carolina, on Friday, Carteret County Director of Emergency Services Stephen Rea said Saturday.

The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours.

In Wilmington, numerous trees that contributed to its historic beauty are now gone.


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