Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Florence makes landfall in N. Carolina

Florence makes landfall in N. Carolina

The Carteret Country Sheriff's Department confirmed that these two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence were a result of an apparent murder-suicide. "The father was transported to (New Hanover Regional Medical Center) with injuries".

Two people were killed in Lenoir County, according to Emergency Services Director Roger Dail during the storm. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. Though Florence did not arrive with winds as violent as once feared, forecasters got the storm surge and rainfall correct.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning. To rescue as many animals as possible.

A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic". Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds besieged by the rising waters. "Sixty mile-per-hour winds, shingles flying off their own homes, and they're here working for everyone else".

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000. Follow us here to get the latest warnings.

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured dramatic views of rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10 as it moved in a westerly direction across the Atlantic, headed for a likely landfall along the eastern seaboard of the US late Thursday or early Friday", NASA explains in a new blog post.

The parts of the country still in the storm's path have been saturated by summer rains and can not soak up any surplus from Florence. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said.

At 5 p.m., Florence had been downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

"We're in God's hands", said Rick Foreman, pastor at West Lumberton Baptist Church, as the Lumber River steadily rose Friday and local residents filled sandbags.

Tragedy struck one family when a tree fell on a house; a mother and child were killed. Residents there have been dealing with flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages in the wake of Mangkhut.

More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet (45 centimeters) by the end of the weekend.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

George Pace returned to his neighborhood and saw his home for the first time, expecting the worst, but discovering only minimal damage.

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.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

"You can walk faster than this storm is moving", said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

Calling the deadly storm a "thousand-year rain event", Gov Cooper continued: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's getting worse".

Emergency crews were stretched thin. Five hundred National Guard troops have already responded to calls.

Roads are particularly bad in Pamlico and Craven counties, with major and secondary roads flooded, according to Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm.

The personnel combined with other agencies to form the Tennessee EMS Ambulance Strike Team and the TEMA-Middle Tennessee Fire Chiefs swift-water rescue team.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m.

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