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

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast

Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

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

SC announced that Saturday's game against Marshall scheduled for Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia has been canceled due to the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence weakened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moved towards east coast of the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday, but a life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall were still expected.

The center was located about 325 miles (520 km) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

And while the intensity of Florence's winds - still in the 90 miles per hour range - have diminished enough to turn it into a Category 1, the storm has grown in size as it crawls off the coast at a plodding 6 miles per hour.

The streets of coastal towns of the States of North and SC in the United States was flooded by sea water.

Officials in the town of 30,000, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern in part to protect their house.

And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 metre).

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is unclear how many did. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

A spokeswoman for Love's Travel Stops says demand for gasoline has doubled at numerous company's truck-stop locations in the path of Hurricane Florence. "We're able", Trump said Wednesday outside the White House. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

The center of Florence will move across extreme southeastern North Carolina Friday evening and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday night and Saturday, the NHC said.

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