Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas, threatening record rainfall, punishing winds

Jacob Harrelson and his wife Beth install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday View Slideshow
Guillermo Lane | 15 September, 2018, 01:39

The 63-year-old former firefighter says he was able to sleep through the torrential rain and thrashing winds when then-Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, only waking up to texts he received at 7 a.m. from friends checking up on him.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes in New Bern, North Carolina, as flood waters continue to rise from Hurricane Florence. But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon.

WCTI, the ABC affiliate in New Bern, was on-air with its meteorologists when the crew announced that their building was flooding, forcing the crew to evacuate. "We've had it reported to where it's over mailboxes, to the stairs of homes, even at first, second floors to where people are having to get on their roofs".

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

As Hurricane Florence crashed onto the Carolinas, federal emergency teams prepared themselves to work on a long process of rebuilding the storm-battered landscape it would leave behind.

Hurricane Florence will bring
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The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.

Five deaths in North Carolina have been linked to Hurricane Florence Friday, including a mother and baby who died in Wilmington. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Video reports from several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through rippling thigh-high floodwaters in residential neighbourhoods. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food". "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad".

More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the United States, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence.

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