First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, baby killed by tree

First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, baby killed by tree

First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, baby killed by tree

Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from hurricane Florence's rain.

Officials in New Bern said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. There are about 150 people waiting to be rescued.

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", he said. Storm surge could be up to 13 feet, pushing seawater as much as 2 miles inland.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

U.S. Southeast power companies said almost 440,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and SC were without power on Friday as Hurricane Florence hit the coast.

But as Mashable aptly notes, the real danger of the hurricane lies in the potential rainfall rather than the wind force, so Seidel can ease off the dramatics.

"I think we're getting a moderate of damage", Brett said. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

The flooding soon spread into SC. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way. The power company has warned that up to 3 million people could be left without power for an extended period of time following Hurricane Florence. Forecasters say it could become a depression by Saturday night.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said. New Bern is about 32 miles north of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 101 miles southeast of Raleigh. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken. The storm brought 90 miles per hour winds and rains that likely won't let up for days in the Carolinas. Nationwide, airlines cancelled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

The group, which included an infant, children and pets, have been taken to the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety after portions of the roof collapsed. "We are stuck in the attic".

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighbourhood during Florence's assault.

Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern partly to protect their house. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

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