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

Puerto Rico's fragile power system suffers outages as storm passes

Puerto Rico's fragile power system suffers outages as storm passes

Police in Wilmington, North Carolina, near where the hurricane made landfall, said a mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house.

NC 12 early Thursday, as waves generated by Hurricane Florence covered the highway with sand and surf.

The monster storm felled trees all around Wilmington, causing many more close calls and damaging homes and cars.

Houses on the street where Harrigan stood showed damaged roofs and one had a partially-collapsed deck. The police department also said in a statement online that a third person - the father - was injured and taken to a hospital.

With South Carolina's beach towns now more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

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

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center.

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. "People don't need to come back and make things more crowded and more hard to ensure safety". The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources.

Rain is forecast to continue through the weekend, bringing risky flooding conditions to many areas of North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 7:15am (1115 GMT Friday) in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the Carolina coast for days.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph).

Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".

At least four crooks were busted near Wilmington, where the powerful storm forced residents to evacuate - creating a looter paradise of empty buildings, local cops told WWAY News.

As of 5pm (2100 GMT Friday), maximum sustained winds had weakened to 110kph (70mph) but the NHC warned Carolina residents to be alert for life-threatening storm surges and "catastrophic freshwater flooding".

At 5 p.m., Florence was centered about 50 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 25 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including over 8,000 from the Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.

She said the shop, with an electric generator, was safer than their nearby home.

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