Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Florence's 'violent grind' leaves at least four dead in Carolinas

Florence's 'violent grind' leaves at least four dead in Carolinas

The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the U.S. electrical grid.

A fallen tree crashed through the home where a woman and her baby were killed in Wilmington North Carolina after Hurricane Florence made landfall. The child's father was injured and taken to a hospital. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack. A fourth victim was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, according to the governor's office.

Overnight about 150 people in New Bern, North Carolina, were trapped in their homes and other establishments after rising water due to storm surge reaching 10 feet, according to CNN. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States.

The hurricane came ashore early Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds.

Both the Trent and Neuse rivers overflowed their banks, flooding homes, stores and streets and trapping many people in their houses. "I'm a little bit scared right now", she said, "but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".

The area is expected to get about as much rain in three days as Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd dropped in two weeks in 1999.

He said 20,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. FEMA officials wrote on Twitter people should not focus on the category of the storm - as of Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence was a Category 2 storm, indicating slower wind speeds - but rather should pay attention to the fact there will be extreme flooding in the Carolinas as a result.

By mid-afternoon the winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and the center was moving west at 6 miles per hour (10 kph), the NHC said, and parts of North and SC would get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter).

"This is not the end of it", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Downed trees, branches on the hurricane-lashed streets of Wilmington, North Carolina.

"New Bern is just not used to this level of a hurricane", with damaging gales, rains, storm surge and flash flooding, said New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

Authorities in New Bern, a town of about 30,000 people that dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

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