Hurricane Florence claims first victims as tree kills mum and baby

Pablo Tucker
September 16, 2018

Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Some of the worst flooding from the monster storm was in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, where the Neuse River overflowed its banks, flooding streets and trapping many people in their homes.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm.

As the giant, 644km/hr hurricane pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

Hurricane Florence is being blamed for taking several lives in North Carolina, including that of a woman and infant child who were killed when a massive tree crashed through their modest brick home early Friday. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Joel Cline said the mountains will wring water out of the moist tropical air: "It's like running into a wall, and that moisture has to go somewhere, and it goes up, creates rain, and you have torrential rain in that area".

Craven County public information officer Amber Parker says the storm surge has caused flooding in some downtown New Bern businesses, and Union Park is underwater. I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth.


Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

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. "I'm not sure if it's a shift in the wind or low tide - but the water has miraculously disappeared". Florence is going southwest after landfall.

The National Hurricane Center is that Florence is just inland near Cape Fear North Carolina. Other communities got well over a foot.

Governor Roy Cooper called the rainfall an event that comes along only once every 1,000 years.

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

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

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared previous year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.


Terrifying video has captured Hurricane Florence's powerful winds shredding a gas station in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"If this thing comes inland and stops in eastern North Carolina like they forecast it, and we get two days of continuous rain, the rain will be our biggest damage", he said. It hit the coast as a Category 1 storm with 90 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, the NWS said. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, about 150 people waited to be rescued from flooding on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted earlier Friday.

"We're very familiar in Columbia with the flooding of 2015", McMaster said.

Jennifer Liebelt and her family were rescued by boat from their home in Union Beach, New Jersey, as Superstorm Sandy destroyed it in 2012.


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