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

Mother and child killed as Florence swamps Carolinas

Mother and child killed as Florence swamps Carolinas

Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast.

More ominously, forecasters said the onslaught would last for hours and hours because Florence was barely creeping along at 6 mph (9 kph) and still drawing energy from the ocean. Parts of the area, he said, could go over 70 miles per hour. "You never know where there are active downed power lines that could cause an electric situation", Parker says.

On Thursday afternoon, the storm's outer rain bands began lashing down on the coast.

At a news conference to discuss hurricane response and recovery early Friday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump's tweet by saying, "Think about that, pray over that". Tropical storm-level winds and rain are already beginning to hit the Carolinas.And despite slower winds the devastating effects of predicted massive rainfall have not changed, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), which warned of "catastrophic flash flooding" from up to 40 inches of rain.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep" and pleaded with residents and tourists alike not to underestimate Florence's threat to life.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast.

As many as 3 million people could lose electricity as a result of the storm.

Florence remains a Category 1 storm, and it's spinning hurricane-force winds up to 70 miles from its center.

"I stayed here. I'd been through so many hurricanes", said Balance, who added that six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the tides and river were receding.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on the US East Coast on Friday, knocking out power to almost half a million homes and causing buildings to crumble.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm will eventually push westward and make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic region and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said early Friday the storm had sustained winds of 109 kilometers per hour (67 mph).

In the North Carolina town of New Bern, rescuers removed more than 100 people from rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait when conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10 feet.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and state of Virginia had been urged to evacuate.

Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

On Thursday, Trump faced criticism for disputing the official death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Maria and Irma that hit a year ago.

Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida a year ago, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks. He made a plan B: if the water reached the house, he'd take the pets upstairs to the second floor.

Before sunrise, high winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on September 14, 2018.

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