Slow moving Florence terrorizing Carolinas

Slow moving Florence terrorizing Carolinas

Slow moving Florence terrorizing Carolinas

Hurricane Florence is expected to slam into the southern N.C. coast this afternoon, then veer southwest and begin a slow, drenching crawl across SC that could last days and cause catastrophic flooding. In sum, the storm is turning out to be every bit as devastating as forecasters expected, with trillions of gallons of rain still in the forecast, hundreds of people needing rescue, hundreds of thousands of power outages and a handful of deaths. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages.

"We can not underestimate this storm".

Hurricane Florence has started to hit the North Carolina coast. Then it is likely to hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 11 feet (3.3 meters) of storm surge and unloading water on both states.

Officials confirmed at least four deaths in North Carolina: A mother and infant killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their house. The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

In Kinston, a city southeast of Raleigh, two people died in the storm.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a residence on Silver Smith Circle Friday morning when he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm hours after making landfall on Friday.

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The cause of the broken cable wasn't clear, but officials said water had seeped into the structure and led to some corrosion at some point.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Florence's flooding is expected to reach far inland, with more than one foot (30 centimeters) expected in some areas.

The water was as high as street signs, and "we have no way to get to them", Dunn told ABC News Friday morning.

Authorities warned too of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and pig farms. "Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days".

Georgia joined a number of east coast states Wednesday in declaring a state of emergency. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Hurricane Florence, traveling toward the U.S. with sustained winds of up to 105 miles per hour, has started to hit the North Carolina coast. As of Thursday, almost a dozen airports have shut down, with more than 1,000 flights being canceled. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed hotel.

Poore said department hydrologists also monitor river levels throughout the state, looking for flooding issues that could affect bridges. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water".

Fearless volunteers are seen defying the danger and continuing to rescue residents and their pets. She was trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water Friday as her boyfriend and his cousin were stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away.

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