Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Mother, infant are first two confirmed deaths from Hurricane Florence

Mother, infant are first two confirmed deaths from Hurricane Florence

Rising water is seen at a park as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, N.C. North and SC are expected to face storm surges and flooding.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"When we run the model ... that's our counter-factual world, without climate change", Reed said.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

Roy Cooper said another person was killed in Lenoir County, reports WTVD. Flood stage for the river is 14 feet. "Right now it's too early to say if anyone should be getting rid of their supplies just yet". It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of about 30,000 residents, told Fox News that 200 people had been rescued so far as the Category 1 storm battered the area with strong winds and a life-threatening surge.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

It was expected to drop eight months worth of rain in just a few days on North Carolina as residents prepared for a deluge some were calling "the great soak".

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. Harris Teeter, a Kroger Co. subsidiary, announced closings for 24 stores in North Carolina and 18 stores in SC.

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Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge. At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation. Through noon Friday, 96 stores in the Carolinas and one in Virginia were closed because of the storm.

As of 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Carolina residents to be alert for life-threatening storm surges and "catastrophic freshwater flooding".

Storm surges, punishing winds and rain are turning some towns into rushing rivers - and the Category 1 hurricane is expected to crawl over parts of the Carolinas into the weekend, pounding some of the same areas over and over. Forecasters say it could become a depression by Saturday night. Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized.

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. We've got a lot of debris, a lot of covered roads, covered with water.

A warming climate also means that the atmosphere can hold more and more water vapor, fueling hurricanes with even more water that can fall on coastal areas. At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour. Nationwide, airlines cancelled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday. Over 60 people had to be pulled out of a collapsing motel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and hundreds were saved as water levels rose.

"We are coming to get you. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the New Bern authorities said on Twitter.

In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend's house but didn't sleep well. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he added.

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