Hurricane Florence causes weatherman to evacuate during live TV coverage

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

The storm trapped hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. The baby's father was taken to hospital. Another woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. The deaths also included that of a person killed while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.

Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days".

Donald Trump was to visit hurricane-hit zones "early to the middle of next week", the White House said, "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts".

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

"We are not turning away that help", she said.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

The eye of the storm and its outer edges pushed a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripped apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain. "This will cause extremely risky flooding", the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

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WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

Members of the Louisiana Cajun Navy were assisting with rescue operations but later moved to Wilmington after emergency responders said conditions were under control.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of about 30,000 residents, told Fox News that 200 people had been rescued so far as the Category 1 storm battered the area with strong winds and a life-threatening surge.

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", he said. "But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friends to be sure".

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

Still, officials have continued to urge residents to heed local evacuation orders and have preparations for the storm.

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