Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Deer run to safety after getting caught in Hurricane Florence

Deer run to safety after getting caught in Hurricane Florence

Resident Joseph Eudi looks at flood debris and storm damage from Hurricane Florence at a home on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

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.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.

The military announced on Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the coastline for days. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

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Elizabeth Stalls, public affairs officer for Duplin County, said she had word the river was flooding but was not sure how much as she was operating without internet service.

Along the Lumber River in Lumberton, workers used heavy machinery to dump extra sand on a railbed prone to flooding. "Major to record river flooding is likely through the upcoming week, especially for those basins that receive significant rainfall".

The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours.

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

On Saturday some residents tried to return home, driving through flooded highways and armed with chainsaws to clear fallen pine trees that covered the road.

Cooper said others should not follow suit.

Evacuation orders remain in place for Horry and Georgetown counties along South Carolina's northern coast.

"It's been done very efficiently and very well", he added, referencing the recovery efforts.

The Coast Guard is working to rescue people trapped in the northeast part of North Carolina, and reported rescuing five individuals so far.

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy who was carried out in a life vest.

Properties within one mile of the river were hastily evacuated on Saturday.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.

Officials in SC said a 61-year-old woman died when her vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Union.

People wait in line to fill up their gas cans at a gas station that was damaged when Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina.

- A 77-year old man died after he went outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down, Hanks says.

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