Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Death toll rises to 11 as Florence continues battering US East Coast

Death toll rises to 11 as Florence continues battering US East Coast

The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return.

Mike Pollack searches for a drain in the yard of his flooded waterfront home a day after Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 15, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The tropical storm's maximum sustained winds are holding steady, remaining at around 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water, the NWS said.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

In North Carolina, unrelenting rains were expected to swell the Cape Fear River to 62 feet next week, 3 feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility company, said that figure could rise to three million and restoring power could take weeks.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.

None of the people rescued were injured.

By Saturday morning the winds weakened to 50mph but the storm's slow speed means that communities in North Carolina are receiving a prolonged battering by torrential rain.

Video footage shot during the tropical storm shows what appears to be two dolphins swimming in the rising storm surge water.

The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

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Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast.

"Right now we've rescued over 400 people". The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience". "We didn't know where to go", she said.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

Prisoners were affected, too.

Officials warned that the flooding was only just starting. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

Strong winds and heavy rain continue to present a danger, and Florence is now being attributed to several deaths.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com estimates Florence could dump about 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain. "And we have 300 businesses that are damaged or destroyed".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a "rumor control" website to quash false information in Florence's wake.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

Others were at home hoping for the best.

Jennifer Morales, 20, was one of those evacuated from her home with her husband and son, who turns 2 next month. "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically". We chose to hunker down.

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