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Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

As of Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center announced that Florence is now a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 45 miles per hour and said heavy rains and catastrophic flooding will continue across portions of North and SC. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 metres).

Two people in Lenoir County were killed: a 78-year-old Kinston man who was electrocuted when connecting extension cords in the rain and a 77-year-old man who was blown down by the wind when he went to check on his hunting dogs. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them you are risking your life", the state's governor Roy Cooper said. "This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall".

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC. And even if their homes survived intact, hundreds of thousands of utility customers who lack power have limited food options. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled.

The hurricane has torn buildings apart and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

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

In one piece of good news authorities said that 16 wild ponies of hurricane-struck Ocracoke Island, located off the North Carolina coast, were safe.

A mother and her child were killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home on Friday.




The Cape Fear River has overrun its banks, allowing water to pour into the downtown area of Wilmington. In the state´s Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

"Even if your wells don't look like they've been contaminated, talk to your local officials about testing the water after the hurricane is gone", she said.

USA media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

"Honestly, I'm not sure" why some people refused to follow evacuation orders, David Cotton, county manager for North Carolina's Onslow County, told "Good Morning America" on Saturday.

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm, according to a Reuters report. They are part of Cajun Navy which is an informal volunteer group set up after Hurricane Katrina.

In North Carolina, unrelenting rains were expected to swell the Cape Fear River to 62 feet next week, 3 feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.