Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas

Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas

"Inland flooding kills a lot of people".

Heavy rain, wind gusts and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence swamped the Carolinas as the massive storm crawled toward the coast, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to three-quarters of a million homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds across the state.

The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes.

As of late Thursday, the hurricane center said Florence was 95 kilometers southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, with top sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (90 mph).

A mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, police said.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the storm hit Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, just east of Wilmington, at 7:15 a.m. ET Friday with winds of about 90 miles per hour. "The house is shaking back and forth much more violently than when the eyewall came through".

Hurricane Florence was pounding the Carolinas as it made landfall off the U.S. East Coast Friday morning.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. Some areas of North Carolina saw nearly a foot of rain in just a few hours.

The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Another one of the bears ended up in the middle of the street in the background.

More than 306,000 North Carolina residents and businesses, mostly in eastern counties, were without power as of 5 a.m. Friday, according to online updates from Duke Energy, the N.C. Electric Cooperatives and smaller utility companies.

"As Florence moves inland, we'll see more rain and more flooding from our rivers".

The video below, taken in Wilmington, North Carolina, shows a large tree being split in half in Florence's winds.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

National Hurricane Center: Florence about to make landfall in N. Carolina causing life-threatening storm surge.

North Carolina has opened 126 shelters for about 12,000 people and almost 5,000 people were reportedly staying in shelters in South Carolina Thursday, The New York Times reported.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour, the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

The 62 guests were rescused from The Triangle Motor Inn in Jacksonville which had been structurally damaged.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped about 200 people. "So we really have a new hustle this morning to get the rest of those 150 people out".

"We're on our way, we will get you rescued", Outlaw said while cautioning that first responders have to be careful of their own safety.

We have wind and rain. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance. Tens of thousands in Texas have entered a new hurricane season while still displaced from their homes.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

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