Toll in US Storm Increases to 13

Cristina Cross
September 16, 2018

The program was used in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

"We just don't want people to think this is over because it's not".

Florence's death toll could rise as a number of deaths are being investigated to see if they were caused by the storm.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

- A mother and her 8-month-old child were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house Friday, according to a tweet from Wilmington, North Carolina police.

But it continued to warn of "catastrophic" flooding from excessive rainfall.

In New Bern, along the coast, aerial photos show homes completely surrounded by water, with rescuers using inflatable boats to go house to house to remove people. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak".

About 809,000 of those customers are North Carolina, and about 155,000 are in SC.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power.

Evacuations underway in North Carolina. The man's family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail. A woman died in Hampstead, North Carolina after having a heart attack.

-Intensity: Florence came ashore with top winds of 90 miles per hour (145 kph), below the 111 miles per hour (178 kph) threshold for a "major" hurricane but still extremely unsafe.

Florence downgraded to tropical storm, but will continue to threaten Carolinas
It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina. As the storm slowly churned toward the shore, people who chose not to evacuate got caught in the floodwaters.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm but flooding and heavy rain are still a danger to residents of the Carolinas, weather officials say.

By Friday evening, the Cape Fear River in Wilmington saw storm surge flowing north being met with rainwater flowing west, giving the water nowhere to go. "We face walls of water".

The disaster area was expected to get about as much rain in three days as the 1999 Dennis and Floyd storms dropped in two weeks.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said.

'We have 4,200 damaged homes, ' Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN.

Up to 40 inches (102 cm) of rain are expected along coastal areas of the Carolinas and up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia, it said.

-So far: roughly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain have fallen north of Swansboro, North Carolina, and it's only going to get worse. Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch a year.

One of the towns worst affected is New Bern, which sits between the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.

The small town of Hamlet in Richmond County, North Carolina, for example, is full of toxic emitters: within its borders are a chicken processing plant, an energy company and a wood pellet manufacturer that broke ground within the past few years.

23 aviation rescues, and counting.

"It's not often that we have to prepare for a hurricane in the mountains, but we are doing so on our campus", Jason Marshburn, the director of safety and emergency management at Appalachian State University in Boone, wrote in a letter to students and faculty members.

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