Hurricane Florence: Death toll mounts to 14

Hurricane Florence: Death toll mounts to 14

Hurricane Florence: Death toll mounts to 14

Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

"The powerful storm and heavy rain have left more than 500,000 in the dark and prompted hundreds of water rescues, including 455 people rescued in the city of New Bern alone".

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

Still, there was some good news: Power outages in the Carolinas and Virginia were down to about 580,000 homes and businesses after reaching a high of about 910,000 as the hurricane plowed into the coast. "We will have to sort out the crop damage", he continued, adding: "I think that it's fair to say in terms of economic impact rebuilding that we are talking in the billions of dollars".

Floodwaters surround homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Newport, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet.

"I thought I'd come out here and see if I could get more fuel, but no luck", said Steve McLean outside a Harris Teeter gasoline station that had electricity, but no gasoline.

By Sunday afternoon, Florence had claimed the lives of at least 16, and floodwaters had completely cut off the city of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The military announced on Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the coastline for days. "Feels great. The water's really cool".

The deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 30 miles per hour, and forecasters said it was expected to turn toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 4 inches of rain, before the system moves offshore again.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

About 70 miles (115 kilometres) away from the coast, residents near the Lumber River stepped from their homes directly into boats floating in their front yards; river forecasts showed the scene could be repeated in towns as far as 250 miles inland as waters rise for days.

While dealing with Florence in the Carolinas, the Trump administration's disaster relief chief found himself talking on Sunday news shows about the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria, which President Donald Trump loudly disputed on Twitter.

"Portions of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic states, and Southern New England are expected to receive an additional two to five inches of rain.with isolated maximum amounts of eight inches possible".

The three-month-old child died when a large pine tree fell across a mobile home in Gaston County, North Carolina, police said. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water.

Major flooding has made roads impassable thoughout New Hanover County, and some 600 roads in the state were under water on Sunday, including a huge stretch of I-95 from north of Fayetteville north to US 64.

"Three times in four years is very hard", said Randy Webster, director of the Horry County Office of Emergency Management.

The mayor of New Bern, a city badly affected by flooding, told NBC he had imposed a curfew.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm. At least one coal ash site has started leaking, and more could be in danger as water continues to worm its way into the earthen dams that hold it back.

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