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Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

The Weather Channel on Friday defended a meteorologist who was captured bracing against the wind while two people appeared to stroll casually behind him during a report on Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina's governor Roy Cooper said: "Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood".

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

Though Florence's shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and SC in the coming days could leave much of the region under water. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. "I've never seen the water as high as it came". Seventy people had to be pulled from a collapsing hotel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

Thousands of people living near North Carolina's rising rivers were ordered evacuated Saturday as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that the state could be in for the most destructive flooding in its history.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", Cooper said.




Mother Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby, Zac, were killed after being trapped inside their home in Wilmington when a tree fell onto the roof at around 9.30am on Friday. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958. "I have no money, no job, no connections", Tony Clower, a homeless Kinston, North Carolina, resident, told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Forecasters said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a sharp rightward swing to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of the week.

In the dark: About 900,000 outages as of Saturday morning, mostly in North Carolina.

The small town of Hamlet in Richmond County, North Carolina, for example, is full of toxic emitters: within its borders are a chicken processing plant, an energy company and a wood pellet manufacturer that broke ground within the past few years.

New Bern, which has a population of about 30,000, was once the capital of the state's colonial government.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard ..." What they found, however, were two dogs and two cats in dire straits. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.


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