Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

Authorities have confirmed those storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 miles per hour wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.

Police say the father was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the USA electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center.

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.

It added the greatest threats to life came from storm-surges while "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding" was expected, with some areas receiving up to 40 inches of rainfall.

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

New Bern resident George Zaytoun chose not to evacuate and is trapped inside his home.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. The storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days".

New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning that between 150 and 200 people had been rescued so far, with others still waiting for help.

Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state. The crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. and Lee was reportedly wearing a seatbelt and the only one in the vehicle, according to Capt. Kelley Hughes with South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Hurricane Florence officially made landfall this morning at 7:15 am ET in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

In Morehead City, Brooke Kittrell rode out the storm Thursday and Friday with her boyfriend aboard their docked boat, hoping it didn't break loose and slam something. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Over 770,000 were without power in North Carolina Friday night.

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