Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

At least five people have died, according to multiple news reports on Friday.

Winds and waves began battering the Carolinas on Thursday as officials warned that Hurricane Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the US East Coast. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Joel Cline said the mountains will wring water out of the moist tropical air: "It's like running into a wall, and that moisture has to go somewhere, and it goes up, creates rain, and you have torrential rain in that area".

As many as 1.7 million were urged to evacuate from coastal areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, though scores have stayed behind despite officials' repeated warning to flee for safety.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

At wind speeds of 35 miles per hour, Player said, it is recommended that the high-profile vehicles, such as fire engines, stay parked.

There have been numerous calls for fallen trees, according to officials, however they are not aware of any others where people are trapped. "I'm going to Charlotte".

Ten miles (16 km) away in Wilmington, wind gusts were stirring up frothy white caps into the Cape Fear River.

The region is being pounded with rain from the slow-moving storm, causing the risk of catastrophic flooding. He also voiced support for expanding I-526, asking staffers: "How in the world could we evacuate James, Johns and Wadmalaw islands in time if there's a bridge down and a hurricane coming straight at Charleston?" his office told The Post and Courier of Charleston. "You don't want slow, but that's what we have".

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The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually make a right turn to the north east over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week. "This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality".

"Florence is still grinding its way across North Carolina", Governor Roy Cooper said in a briefing Friday afternoon.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

Some 11,000 power outages have been reported in North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center said catastrophic flash floods were likely in areas of both North and SC. Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 meters), he said. After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria.

Two people died in Lenoir County. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise". He also said power could be out for a long time and suggested residents think now about what they will need power for.

Trump provided no evidence to support his challenge.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia and the U.S. capital Washington. Power companies expect millions more to lose power, and say restoration could take weeks. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

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