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Storm Florence: Disaster declared in North Carolina

16 September 2018, 02:34 | Max Haynes

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More than 2 feet of rain already had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on as Florence, a hurricane-turned-tropical storm, practically parked itself over the two states.

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet.

A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.

In Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after paramedics were not able to get to her. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change. "More than likely it's maybe a mindset of 'we've been through this before, '" he said.

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Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

Heavy rain and flooding are expected to continue at least through the weekend, and local officials said hundreds in areas hit by Florence still need rescue.

The town of Oriental had gotten more than 18 inches of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 14 inches and it was still coming down.

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

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Response teams had already "brought in busloads" of rescued people from areas including Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek and Township 7, she said. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

Although the storm is beginning to move away, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the Triangle should still expect heavy rain for the next 24 hours.

Volunteers rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes in New Bern. They ventured out in life jackets into waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

Although Brunswick County is under mandatory evacuation, Ingram said some people made a decision to stay in their homes.

"It will not stop, this weather event of Florence", Begnaud said.

The president may travel to the region next week, the White House has said.

Florence has lost a bit of steam as it starts to move inlands and winds are down to maximum gusts of 75 miles per hour.

The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

The deadly Tropical Storm Florence is so ferocious, it's uprooting everything, even tightly-bolted historic statues.

On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines.



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