Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Mother, infant in North Carolina become first fatalities in tropical storm Florence

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Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm has now climbed to 11. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and local businesses were engulfed by water. It has three-and-a-half times more storms that reach major hurricane strength of 111 miles per hour, and three times more accumulated energy out of those hurricanes, an index that measures not just strength and number of storms but how long they last, according to more than 65 years of storm data. "There is no access to Wilmington".

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 35 miles (55 kms) from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 170 miles (280 kms) out.

North Carolina officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state, with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said officials were focused on finding people and rescuing them.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter. "As expeditiously as we can with the weather conditions, the wind conditions, we've gotten water-rescue teams together to go out and rescue residents".

In the past year, Florence marks the third tropical system to set a new state rainfall record after Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Lane in Hawaii. As the storm "begins to finally recede, they will kick into an even higher gear".

Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said.

"We know that children have been ripped from the lives that they knew, and they're unsure of what the future may hold", Thompson said. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said. He spent more than $500 on cereal, eggs, soft drinks and other necessities, plus beer.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded. Studies also have shown that storms are moving more northward and slower both issues in Florence. Kenneth Campbell had donned waterproof waders intending to check out his home in Lumberton, but he didn't bother when he saw the Coast Guard and murky waters in his neighborhood.

"I'm not going to waste my time". "I was definitely stranded", she said.

The rain may be particularly heavy in the mountains, where there is an elevated risk of flash flooding.

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The industrial-scale farms typically feature vast pits of animal feces and urine that can pose a significant pollution threat if they are breached or inundated by floodwaters.

"Help is on the way", said Mayor Outlaw.

As she sat in the hotel lobby eating a cold breakfast of bananas, cereal bars, and pastries, she recalled that the decision to heed the mandatory evacuation order for her area wasn't hard.

Through Sunday midday, numerous locations in southeast North Carolina had endured more than 20 inches of rain, with Onslow and Carteret counties being hit particularly hard.

"This time it did", he said. 'As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread. Another 30 sites in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life".

Emergency officials encourage all residents to stay inside for safety reasons. Two people were transported to the hospital. At 5 a.m., the storm was centred about 20 miles (35 kms) southwest of Columbia, South Carolina.

With Florence moving west at 8 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, the National Weather Service is warning of sustained risk from life-threatening floods, landslides, downed trees and power lines.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against such behavior as roads became increasingly unsafe.

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

Parker says water levels in some areas of Craven County are already higher than levels from Hurricane Irene.

New Bern, which sits along the Neuse River, has seen massive flooding and damage from the storm. Wright, who sings in the choir at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist, led residents at the shelter in an energetic singalong. We do have people on their roofs.

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