5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

"There's no fee, no charge, nothing".

By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people. The father was hospitalized with injuries.

Two people in Lenoir County were killed: a 78-year-old Kinston man who was electrocuted when connecting extension cords in the rain and a 77-year-old man who was blown down by the wind when he went to check on his hunting dogs. When they got to the home, the woman was deceased, Chad McEwen, assistant county manager for Pender County, said.

At 1 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center issued an advisory stating that Florence was weakening as it moved farther inland over northeastern North Carolina, but that "torrential rains will continue".

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus predicted that Florence will be a 1,000-year rainfall event for portions of North Carolina and that it could pan out to be the heaviest rainstorm to hit the East Coast in history.

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. "We are stuck in the attic".

Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

Ash pits and other embankments have ruptured under heavy rain in the past, and Duke Energy has agreed to secure the sites in North Carolina's lowland areas - but that work is ongoing.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

To compliment the supplies the government is giving evacuees, World Vision has also prepared hygiene kits that are filled with laundry soaps, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets and plastic mats for the approximate 4,000 families fleeing the storm. Residents there have been dealing with flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages in the wake of Mangkhut. During Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - North Carolina's last major hurricane - the state counted 4,071 people in 109 shelters.

The officials say more than 1,000 millimeters of rainfall and storm surges exceeding 3 meters are possible in some areas until early next week.

At an 11 a.m. briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow if people venture out when the winds die down.

George Pace returned to his neighborhood and saw his home for the first time, expecting the worst, but discovering only minimal damage. Five hundred National Guard troops have already responded to calls.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". In Belhaven, the rising Pungo River almost swallowed the first floor of a house.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.

The storm roared ashore under the cover of darkness, pummeling the region with pounding rain, widespread flooding and catastrophic winds.

Forecasters predicted severe flooding for parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC starting Sunday. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way. The destination for the crews is Camp McCrady, a National Guard training center in SC.

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