Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

Cristina Cross
September 15, 2018

The following content is sourced from external partners. "We can not underestimate this storm".

"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away". The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care.

In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a fatal heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Roy Cooper said another person was killed in Lenoir County, reports WTVD.

More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. Except - and we don't mean to jinx it - but the storm *is* heading further south from here and the wind did die down a bit so who is to say it didn't work entirely?

The group, which included an infant, children and pets, have been taken to the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety after portions of the roof collapsed. Numerous evacuees had pets with them.

Maysie Baumgardner, 7, and her family sheltered at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence filled the streets with floodwaters.

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

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water. When all is said and done, Florence could pour 40 inches of rain along some parts of the North Carolina coast, according to CNN.

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power
However, the surge is expected to be accompanied by large and destructive waves, regardless of when the storm arrives. Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

Twenty inches were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental.

The surge in power outages along the coast was the result of gusts coming off Hurricane Florence and blowing trees into power lines, said Lisa Crawley, a spokeswoman for the co-ops.

Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes.

Ahead of the storm's arrival, shelters animals were moved out of the states in the affected area to protect them.

Another moving photograph captured a K-9 handler giving his dog, Tag, fluids through an IV bag to keep him healthy while conducting important search and rescue work in Pembroke, North Carolina.

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help. "It's insane", he said by telephone. "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad".

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.

Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas on Friday, knocking down trees, swamping streets and causing four deaths before slowing to a pace that will lead to a days-long deluge for the region.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still unsafe, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.

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