Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Storm Florence weakens but epic rains still expected on U.S

Storm Florence weakens but epic rains still expected on U.S

A mother and baby were killed after a large tree fell on their home in Wilmington, while in Pender County a woman died of a heart attack after storm debris prevented paramedics from reaching her. In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea.

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on September 14, 2018. It has 3½ times more storms that reach major hurricane strength of 111 miles per hour (178 kph), and three times more accumulated energy out of those hurricanes, an index that measures not just strength and number of storms but how long they last, according to more than 65 years of storm data. Because Florence is moving so slowly, he said, it will dump more rain than Mangkhut, which is named for the Thai word for mangosteen. Officials also said one person was electrocuted in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator in the rain, and a man died after being blown to the ground while checking on his hunting dogs.

As Florence first broke on land yesterday 90mph winds struck the coastal areas, but as the storm system moved across land it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

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

Officials report 10 in North Carolina and one in SC.

More than 300 volunteers from nine USA states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.

Zooming out to the full projection, shown above, the core of the storm is slated to enter North Carolina around 2 p.m. ET on Sunday. "As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread. We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but she had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

"Unfortunately, Duke Energy has spent years lobbying and litigating and still has not removed the coal ash from its risky riverfront pits in the coastal area, some of which are in the floodplain", said Frank Holleman, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center who has battled the company in court.

Strong winds and heavy rain continue to present a danger, and Florence is now being attributed to several deaths. "Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days".

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats.

The storm dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday.

In New Bern, a riverfront city near the North Carolina coast that saw storm surges up to 10 feet (three meters), authorities were rescuing stranded residents and taking stock of damages.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.

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