Tracking Hurricane Florence as storm lands in North Carolina

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2018

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Authorities say the woman and her 8-month-old child died when the tree smashed into their one-story house on a residential street east of downtown Wilmington around 7 a.m.

A mother and infant in North Carolina were among the first reported fatalities linked to Hurricane Florence.

Florence plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still unsafe, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

As Florence moves further inland over the coming days, the storm is expected to gradually weaken. With Florence, "we're looking at the same amount of rainfall in three days".

Still, some residents ignored calls to evacuate. "I just figured come here and be safe".

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In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken.

Billy Porch, who lives at the Atlantic Breeze Apartments, said he wasn't going to start worrying until the water reached the stairs to the second level or rear of the complex. The company said that, in advance of the storm, it has shipped 1,000 truckloads of water, over 60,000 cases of batteries and 33 truckloads of personal generators.

For every degree the air warms, it can hold almost 4 percent more water (7 percent per degree Celsius) and offer measurably more energy to goose the storm, scientists said. USA government statistics show some parts of the state got more than 1.5 metres of rain in five days.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

"I about jumped out of my skin", he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday morning. But as weather forecasts showed a shift in the storm's direction, area residents found themselves with piles of unneeded supplies.

More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland.

As it approaches OH it will become a post-tropical storm before swinging to the northeast on a path to Nova Scotia in the middle of next week.

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