Deer run to safety after getting caught in Hurricane Florence

Cristina Cross
September 16, 2018

Hurricane Matthew sent more than 5 feet of water into their home in 2016, and the couple feared Florence would run them out again.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Some towns have already had more than 60-centimetres of rain, and forecasters warn that totals could hit one-metre.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC.

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.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

The Wilmington Police Department said the two were killed when a tree fell on their house.

"Areas near Newport, North Carolina have seen almost two feet of rain from Florence and powerful rain bands may produce another 15 to 20 inches or more", National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) representative Steve Goldstein said.

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast.

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Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

North Carolina's governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator.

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

"Tomorrow afternoon, the Carolinas will see the heaviest rains", Doll tells TIME. It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington.

A downed tree and water from the Neuse river are seen on a flooded street during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

Sections of two interstates, I-40 and I-95, were shut down due to flooding and debris.

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

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

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