Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Over 722,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

Over 722,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

The first death during Hurricane Florence has been reported in Pender County after the storm made landfall on Friday, according to WWAY.

The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the father was transported to a hospital for treatment.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Peggy Perry, who along with three relatives, was trapped early Friday in her New Bern home.

Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast. The National Hurricane Center says Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast. The center was about 20 miles north-northeast of Myrtle Beach.

A downed tree blocks a street in Wilmington after being uprooted by Florence's strong winds. "It's better to just leave and then come back and see what has happened all at once".

Hurricane Florence is set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

But on the way, she heard Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City was offering to house - for free - people from areas threatened by the hurricane until it had passed. Flooding from rain and rising rivers also was reported in New Bern.

Going dark: more than 400,000 outages, mostly in North Carolina, as of Friday morning local time, with Duke Energy anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power.

In Brunswick County, Hurricane Florence was continuing to make its impacts felt Friday.

Sample said that when he looked outside of his house, which is about 1,000 yards from the beach, he saw the rain pooling up on the street and what looked like storm surge coming up the road.

As of Friday, the casino had reserved over 600 room nights for storm victims; another 200 families were expected to arrive on Sunday.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. She died Friday morning.

The Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina yesterday began to flow over its banks, triggering flooding as waters continued to rise from torrential rainfall.

The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said.

Sixteen people, including an infant, were killed as Florence battered the coast off North and SC on Friday and into Saturday.

Florence was seen as a major test for Fema, which was heavily criticised as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.

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