Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Running Out Of Cots, North Carolina Shelters Strained As Florence Hits

Running Out Of Cots, North Carolina Shelters Strained As Florence Hits

The father was taken to hospital with injuries. A woman in Pender County, North Carolina, died from a heart attack after calling emergency services, as paramedics could not reach her because of fallen trees. The destination for the crews is Camp McCrady, a National Guard training center in SC. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain while another man died when he was knocked down by high winds while checking on his dogs.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper calls Florence the "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. They say they will lean on each other throughout what will be a long fight against a slow moving storm.

Aerial footage shows flooding and storm damage in New Bern and Nags Head, North Carolina.

Climate change could be playing a role in slowing down storms like Hurricane Florence, resulting in more rainfall and flooding when they hit.

Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy" who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues. At least 1 million people were ordered to evacuate along the coast. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, hours after then-Hurricane Florence swept through, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told The Associated Press.

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If Florence weakens enough to arrive as a Category 3 storm, it would likely be near the upper limit of that classification. After that point, it would be hard for people in the storm's path to either finish preparations or flee affected areas.

New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

The tree's massive size required special equipment from rescuers also battling whipping winds and pelting rain to extricate them.

"Pretty soon I had a hundred of my closest friends out here helping us out", Britt said.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus predicted that Florence will be a 1,000-year rainfall event for portions of North Carolina and that it could pan out to be the heaviest rainstorm to hit the East Coast in history. The number of people still not rescued fell to about 40 by Friday afternoon, according to New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

The centre of Tropical Storm Florence has moved into SC, and both it and North Carolina continue to face powerful winds and catastrophic flooding. His body was discovered by family members. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power.

In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's governor offered a series of dire warnings. In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, and displaced over fivemillion people in 2013.

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