Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence flooding 'could wipe out entire communities'

Hurricane Florence flooding 'could wipe out entire communities'

Hurricane Florence delivered a slow-motion assault to the coast of North Carolina early Friday, with catastrophic storm surge and torrential rains that will continue for days.

"A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house". The child's father was taken to a hospital.

The third death happened in Hampstead, Pender County when a woman had a medical emergency and EMS crews could not get to her due to the storm, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

"The infrastructure is going to break", Long said Thursday morning. Meanwhile, both states are still braced for the impact of the storm surge that will follow.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

Three people were killed in flash flooding and swift water on roadways in Duplin County, NC, the Duplin County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away".

Hundreds of residents were trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics in North Carolina city of New Bern, which was flooded by the Neuse River.

After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding. We were forced to have conversations with these people and say hey, do you by chance live in a two-story home?

Governor Cooper said no fatalities had been reported yet but there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".

Florence was seen as a major test for FEMA, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate months that followed.

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'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence
Cramer said the police chief informed him that as of this morning, the only people in sight were "two or three stragglers". A flawless storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence will likely be catastrophic for parts of the Southeast.

Mother, infant among those killed when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina
One person died at the West Brunswick High School shelter Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for Brunswick County. The storm originally made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday morning as a category one hurricane .

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Florence's eyewall reached shore near Wilmington, N.C., just before 6 a.m. ET Friday; more than an hour later, the National Hurricane Center announced, it had "finally" made landfall near Wrightsville Beach.

In addition to the 20,000 evacuees in North Carolina shelters, SC housed 5,500 people in 59 shelters as of Thursday night, a state Red Cross spokesperson said.

Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said.

A hurricane led to damage of houses, knocked down trees and cut power lines.

The winds became less violent as the eye, no longer well-formed but instead welling with rain, passed over the city after it made landfall at 7:15 a.m. Trees went down, as did power lines, and streets filled with debris.

The city woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions. Officials say more than 100 people have already been rescued in the area overnight. 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.

Rising water forced a North Carolina TV station to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage. The large size of the tree made it hard, Wilmington Fire Department Chief Jon Mason said during a Friday afternoon press conference.

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friends to be sure".

Neighbor Adam Sparks said he noticed emergency responders arrive at the house across the street right around when his power went out and the storm was intensifying.

Reports of Hurricane Florence's size and power were widely reported, though it was downgraded to merely a Category 1 hurricane, and when it hit the Carolina coast on Friday morning, the hurricane proved it was formidable by knocking out power in thousands of homes.

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