Monday, 22 October, 2018

Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach

People survey damage and flooding brought by Hurricane Florence to Front Street in downtown New Bern N.C. Friday MoreCloseclosemorePeople survey damage and flooding brought by Hurricane Florence to Front Street in downtown New Bern N.C. Friday
Charles Bowen | 15 September, 2018, 17:44

The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said.

At 7 a.m., the center of the eye was located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) east of Wilmington, moving west at 6 mph.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut tore through the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday packing winds of more than 200 km per hour (124 mph) along with torrential rain, killing three people and causing floods, landslides and power outages.

North Carolina's governor Roy Cooper described the storm as "an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". "Surviving this storm with be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in rising flood waters on Saturday morning after Florence struck Wilmington, N.C.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence is expected to be re-categorised as a tropical depression by the time it moves into the mid-Atlantic states and New England in the middle of next week. Federal officials had said midweek they weren't concerned about that facility or five other nuclear plants in the storm's path, calling them "hardened". "This one is set to linger right where it is for at least 48 hours". For those wishing to track Florence's devastation from miles away, PBS NewsHour has compiled this guide of sources that we will be closely monitoring as the storm progresses.

Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.

Meanwhile, many were experiencing a complete blackout as the storm damaged infrastructure, utility poles and transmission lines.

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One resident, restaurant owner Tom Ballance, told the Associated Press he now thinks he should have evacuated.

Those who stayed behind gave harrowing accounts of getting trapped in their homes surrounded by water.

The tree's massive size required special equipment from rescuers also battling winds and pelting rain to extricate them. "Nothing's hit the house yet, but it's still blowing".

"WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington".

Five people have died so far in North Carolina after Florence's arrival, including a mother and infant who were crushed to death when a tree fell on their home on Friday. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

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. Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

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