At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence

Posted September 15, 2018

Earlier Friday, the Wilmington Police said they were responding to this incident.

And Hurricane Florence, though far from the fastest-windspeed storm in recent memory, remains a significant threat precisely due to the large surge and huge rainfall it's dumping on affected areas.

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence. As all that run-off fills rivers, the damage will only worsen.

The simulation even includes a auto floating behind her as Navarro warns that rising water levels "could even float some cars". Tomorrow, forecasters expect it to climb over nine feet.

Officials in New Bern said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said. "It's been occurring all night".

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Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina. At around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the electricity went out.

The news came more than 10 hours after the storm began punishing the coastal area with sustained hurricane-force winds, the hurricane center said.

"In Harvey, vibration from wind caused [one] to register rain", said hydrodynamics branch chief Robert Holmes.

There were reports of trees and branches down throughout the areas and thousands in Horry County experienced power outages.

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. Governors in the three states declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations in coastal areas.

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At the Comfort Suites in Wilmington, hotel staff hiding out with news crews and storm refugees were left in the dark when the power went out.

"I'm just trying to make myself feel at home", said Simone Brown, who has also been at the Palmetto Bays Elementary School shelter since Tuesday. More than 60 others had to be rescued as a cinderblock motel collapsed. NY emergency workers reported rescuing elderly residents at a New River retirement community.

"We would recommend that people hold on to nonperishable items to be prepared for the next emergency, which could happen at any time of year", said James City County spokeswoman Renee Dallman.

The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reports CBS News.

"We have the situation that has developed here at the station, and that is that the water [is] getting [so] close to the building that the building has been evacuated", Cox said in a video posted to Twitter Thursday night.

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