First deaths reported from Hurricane Florence after Wilmington home collapses

First deaths reported from Hurricane Florence after Wilmington home collapses

First deaths reported from Hurricane Florence after Wilmington home collapses

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. It also led many people to mock the reporter for his demeanor reporting on the storm.

Hurricane Florence is battering the United States east coast bringing 18 trillion gallons of rain, knocking out power to half a million, felling trees, and leaving people stranded in their flooded homes. The child's father was taken to a hospital. New Bern police urged anyone who needs assistance or know of people who need assistance to call 911 operators and give specific details, like the person's name, location and possible phone numbers. Storm surge could be up to 13 feet, pushing seawater as much as 2 miles inland. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state". Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

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.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

And about 46 miles farther up the waterfront, in New Bern, about 150 people were waiting to be rescued from floods on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

Hurricane Florence, the vast storm meteorologists and astronauts alike have been tracking, made landfall this morning (Sept. 14) near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center says Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast.

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"This is not the end of it", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

In New Bern, the picturesque riverfront town and birth place of Pepsi, where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet, incoming Mayor Sabrina Bengel said hundreds had been rescued after residents began calling before daybreak as waters rose to rooftops. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path. A Doppler radar picture in the background that kept rolling amid the silence showed Florence swirling toward the coast.

The Category 1 storm is expected to move further across parts of North Carolina and South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

But it's not only North Carolinians who live along the coast who are being impacted by severe flooding.

In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend's house but didn't sleep well.

These types of slow-moving storms - like Hurricane Harvey - can be particularly risky because of the rain and flooding they can bring. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

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