Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

Flooding and a strong storm surge prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N.C., for residents trapped in vehicles and homes, spokeswoman Amber Parker said.

Florence should continue losing strength as it menders along the coast, weakening further as the storm travels across inland SC on Saturday, the weather service said.

It is now a tropical storm with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore. The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Late Friday, a CBS News crew in Wilmington learned his family and his house were just as he left them.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

Being such a small number, first responders have made clear to them the situation when the storm makes its expected complete landfall by 8 a.m. Friday morning. "If the number seems really insane high, you always have to have some suspicion until we can actually get out and verify it".

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend. A fourth person was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
Its center was moving west at only 6 mph (9 km/h) and about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 1 a.m. (0500 GMT Friday). FBN's Gerri Willis on the businesses that have closed down operations in North Carolina and SC due to Hurricane Florence .

More than 700,000 people were left without power and millions more were warned by the governor of North Carolina that they were facing "an extremely risky situation".

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

The powerful Category 1 storm is making its way south along the Carolina coast hours after making technical landfall early Friday morning.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth". The Ahold Delhaize USA chain said on its website that it has temporarily shut 126 stores in North Carolina, 53 in SC and four in Virginia.

A video of Weather Channel's Mike Seidel battling wind gusts in the eye of hurricane Florence has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, after two men casually walking by in the background were spotted on live broadcast.

Florence downgraded to a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

About 70 people were pulled from a motel near Camp LeJeune at the height of the storm as the roof started to collapse.

The total bill for damage from Florence could eventually reach $US10 billion ($13.8b) to $US20 billion ($27.7b), said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as one metre of rain.

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