Florence turns deadly, unleashing ‘catastrophic floods on Carolinas

Eduardo Munoz  Reuters               A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson North Carolina

Eduardo Munoz Reuters A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson North Carolina

No. 2 Clemson and Georgia Southern got a sunny sky, mild breezes and plenty of tailgaters for the only major conference football game being played Saturday in the Carolinas and Virginia while Florence, now a tropical storm, dumped risky amounts of rain elsewhere across the region. Key trends• Florence's keep of abode: By early Saturday, Florence was 25 miles (35 km) west of Myrtle Seaside, South Carolina.

"Remember: Most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

"And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

Volunteers help rescue residents from their flooded homes on Friday in New Bern, North Carolina. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed hotel. But thousands of buildings were damaged in destruction Roberts called "heart-wrenching".

Still, there was some good news: Power outages in the Carolinas and Virginia were down to about 650,000 homes and businesses after reaching a high of about 910,000 as the hurricane plowed into the coast.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

Florence crashed into the Carolina coast yesterday, felling trees, dumping almost three feet of rain on some spots and leading to the death of four people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

A man attached to a respiratory machine sits in a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018.

150 people trapped by Florence floodwaters in New Bern, NC
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Retired Marine Garland King and his wife, Katherine, evacuated their home in New Bern on Friday and returned Saturday, sharing a kiss and joining hands as they drew near their house.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

Cooper said there have been 17 confirmed storm-related deaths in North Carolina from Florence, which made landfall on the state's Atlantic coast on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

"Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood".

Statewide, Duke Energy reported more than 58,000 without power in SC and more than 476,000 in the dark in North Carolina.

Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.

A child jumps a flooded street at Trent Court Apartments as surge water from the Trent River overflows sections of the neighborhood in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Her 6-foot-2 husband went to support, however the water was above his chest, she acknowledged."Or no longer it is the worst feeling in the field to hear other folks yelling for relief and it is seemingly you'll no longer enact the relaxation", she acknowledged.She acknowledged she known as 911, however no one came. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life". Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph). When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell - and combined with high tide, made for risky flooding.

The floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time record high levels and, toward the mountains of western North Carolina and southwest Virginia, may spur life-threatening landslides.

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