Hurricane Florence Drowned a Riverfront 30 Miles from the North Carolina Coast

15 September, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change.

Immigration officers have been dispatched to help with response and recovery as Florence lashes North and SC with life-threatening winds, rain and floods.

With Hurricane Florence pummeling the Eastern Seaboard, reporters are shooting outdoors in storm-drenched areas to show viewers at home just how serious the storm is. Officials in South Carolina's Craven County say conditions are much worse than some residents expected, with almost 500 people calling the local emergency services hotline asking for help.

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington on Friday morning, battering the coastal city with strong winds and torrential rain.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Some 200,000 people are reported to be without power as winds down power lines and cause destruction across coastlines.

A North Carolina city situated between two rivers says it has around 150 people waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters from Hurricane Florence.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

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"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", Cooper said. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and theyre seeing the floodwaters rise". 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. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

"A big worry about Hurricane Florence is that it's not acting like a normal hurricane", said Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher, reporting from Wilmington, North Carolina. Downed trees blocked the road, making it impossible for paramedics to get to her.

Some areas could receive 20 to 30 inches by the time the storm passes.

"Cash donations go further and make a greater impact and easier to get to the harder hit areas", said Charvalla West, community resource center manager for the United Way of Williamsburg.

Over 60 people had to be pulled out of a collapsing motel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and hundreds were saved as water levels rose.

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

More than 700,000 people were left without power and millions more were warned by the governor of North Carolina that they were facing "an extremely unsafe situation".

Others, though, chose to stay at home and perhaps regretted their decision. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix". Through noon Friday, 96 stores in the Carolinas and one in Virginia were closed because of the storm.

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