Weather Channel Virtual Flood Shows Dangerous Storm Surge

16 September, 2018, 13:39 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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He said 20,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.

Meanwhile, a mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, police said. The child's father sustained injuries in the incident and was taken to the hospital.

The photo below shows firefighters praying at the scene.

EMS services could not get to the woman due to the storm, marking the third Florence-related death since the storm began hitting the North Carolina coastline.

According to Duplin County Sherriff Blake Wallace, two of the deaths happened outside of Kenansville, while the third happened in Kornegay. Two septuagenarians died in Kinston in separate incidents, according to authorities.

A 68-year-old man was electrocuted at a residence on Silver Smith Circle Friday morning when he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

In the town of Hampstead, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest Friday morning found their path blocked by downed trees. Police believe he had gone outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by the wind.

Woman dies after crashing into fallen tree in S.C.

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CNN reports that the city of New Bern (located where the Nueces and Trent rivers meet) has already seen a storm surge of 10 feet.

Duke Energy reported about 6,200 customers were without power in the Charlotte area by 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Forecasters say it is especially risky after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads. Eudy said his family stayed in their home partly to protect their house.

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Hurricane Florence is inching along after making landfall in North Carolina, trapping people in flooded homes and promising days of destruction and human suffering to come.

Members of the Boone County Fire Rescue team check for occupants of a home in Bolivia, North Carolina.

There have been 11 deaths in North Carolina and three in SC linked to Hurricane Florence. No other information was given.

"It's getting worse", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said late Friday morning.

"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", he said. "Be extremely careful and stay alert". Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness.

Others around the state are taking shelter.

Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

More than a day after Florence's eye passed through southeastern North Carolina, a slower, and potentially more destructive threat emerged: pounding rains and a storm surge that pushed rivers over their banks, overflowing into small inland towns.

The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday evening, and the National Weather Servicesaid early Saturday that it was "slowly weakening".

By 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) the winds had dropped to 80 miles per hour and the center was about 3.1 kilometers inland, 30 kilometers southwest of Wilmington, and moving west at a sluggish 5 kph.

The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

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