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Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

The hurricane has been moving at only 3-6 miles per hour as it drops torrential rains. "(It's) a unsafe situation here", Cooper said. "I was born and raised here and been through every storm the last 30 years, but this one seems to be doing more damage than we expected".

The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but was downgraded Thursday night to a Category 1 storm.

There's no doubt that Hurricane Florence is causing some real problems in America right now as it rips through North and SC and Virginia, but a clip has gone viral that appears to show a weather reporter hamming it up a bit.

Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path. Florence dumped more than 20 inches on Oriental, N.C., the NHC said. But with a storm surge putting pressure on water to head back inland and heavy rains swelling those rivers, widespread flooding is the result. 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.

The No. 1 mission right now, Cooper said, is to save lives.

Authorities in New Bern, a town of about 30,000 people that dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

More than 2,700 people took refuge at shelters, according to Horry County Spokesperson Kelly Moore.

Power suppliers report more than 350,000 outages in North Carolina, the bulk along the coast.

"[It's] very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house, told The Associated Press.




There's still a threat from rising tides, Risty-Davis says. "We are not going to make it, '" Cherry said.

Storm surges of up to six feet were forecast for Belhaven, North Carolina, where this video was recorded on the night of September 13. The agency adds that people trapped by flooding should "never enter attics or crawl spaces".

New Bern, the city where Pepsi was invented in a drugstore, was still experiencing winds in the 70 miles per hour range Friday afternoon.

At the Comfort Suites in Wilmington, hotel staff hiding out with news crews and storm refugees were left in the dark when the power went out. The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

The Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina yesterday began to flow over its banks, triggering flooding as waters continued to rise from torrential rainfall.

At the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC), representatives from across the retailer's business have been working to help its facilities, associates and customers prepare for and respond to Florence. Governors in the three states declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations in coastal areas. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized. Numerous calls are from residents who are trapped in their homes, some of whom reported floodwater rising up to the second floor.

Billy Sample, a resident stuck in the town of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, said Friday night: "The height of the storm didn't feel as bad as it is now". North Carolinians can compare those measurements with this flood risk map to gauge how their areas might be affected.

"WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington". That advisory came out on August 30, when Florence was developing near the Cabo Verde Islands across the Atlantic.


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