Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

As Florence moves west, North Carolina prepares for recovery

As Florence moves west, North Carolina prepares for recovery

US President Donald Trump has declared a disaster in North Carolina where a tropical storm has killed five amid warnings the worst is far from over.

At least five people have already died in North Carolina because of the storm.

Hundreds of residents have already been plucked to safety from flooded homes in the North Carolina counties of Beaufort and Craven. That could affect the infrastructure, bridges, residences, farms and other buildings, Dahler said.

The viral video, which has more than 13.6 million views, showed Weather Channel correspondent Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, trying to fight the heavy wind as he reported live from the storm on Friday.

"The water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood", he said.

The NWS says southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeast SC are expected to report an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall - with storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras.

In general, south eastern sections of North Carolina like Wilmington and Fayetteville are at risk of flooding. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia.


A mother and her infant are dead after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington.

"Some of our beloved bears have wandered away", city officials tweeted next to a picture of the statue.

In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days. Doll said, based on doppler radar estimates, some areas will accumulate up to 25 inches of rainfall.

In Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after paramedics were not able to get to her. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said. A 78-year-old man connecting extension cords in the rain was electrocuted, according to Roger Dail, the Lenoir County director of emergency services. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

The center of the hurricane´s eye came ashore at about 7:15 a. m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Rivers are rising on the north side of Hurricane Florence as the storm swirls counter-clockwise, pushing a surge of ocean water far in from the coast.

Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy" - civilians equipped with light boats, canoes and air mattresses - who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

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